Pak combat jets kill 15 Taliban militants

Pak combat jets kill 15 Taliban militants 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.