Pak combat jets kill 15 Taliban militants

Four hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes carried out near the Afghan border by two combat jets.

Updated: Feb 23, 2012, 22:28 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani combat jets Thursday
pounded militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region of
northwest Pakistan killing at least 15 Taliban fighters,
officials said.

Four hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes carried
out near the Afghan border by two combat jets.

The attack was launched after intelligence reports said
militants of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan were hiding in the
area, officials said.

The air strikes were carried out in Khadizai, Samar Bazar
and Bermela areas.

The casualties could not be independently confirmed as
journalists are barred from reporting from the region.

The Taliban has a strong presence in parts of Orakzai
Agency, which has witnessed clashes between security forces
and militants.

PTI