Parachinar: A Pakistani government official say helicopter gunships pounded a militant hideout in the country`s northwest, killing at least 20 suspected insurgents.
Jamil Khan says the Army launched the strike on Thursday morning in the Chinarak area of the Kurram tribal region after receiving intelligence reports about insurgents gathering there. He says the choppers also destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle.
Kurram is located near the Afghan border. Many Taliban militants escaping a Pakistan Army operation in the nearby Orakzai tribal region are believed to have fled there.
It is difficult to independently confirm the clash or death tolls because access to Pakistan`s tribal belt is restricted.