Pakistan: Jets kill 20 suspected militants in NW

A government official says fighter jets have bombed suspected militant hide-outs in a new assault on a Pakistan tribal region where the army had previously declared victory. He says at least 20 people have died.

Parachinar (Pakistan): A government official says fighter jets have bombed suspected militant hide-outs in a new assault on a Pakistan tribal region where the army had previously declared victory. He says at least 20 people have died.
Samiullah Khan, a deputy administrator in the Orakzai tribal region, says the aerial bombings Wednesday destroyed six Taliban hide-outs in the region.

Khan says field informants confirmed the killing of 20 suspected militants.
Pakistan`s army has been bombing Orakzai for months, believing it to be a hiding place for Taliban fighters fleeing another offensive further south in the tribal belt.

It declared victory there in early June, but violence persists.

Bureau Report

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