BANNU, Pakistan - Air strikes killed at least 10 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Sunday, intelligence officials said, more than a month after security forces moved in on Pakistani Taliban strongholds in the region.
The deeply forested ravines are a key smuggling route between Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, and are dotted with Taliban bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.
Two intelligence officials, who declined to be identified, as they are not authorized to speak on the record, said the latest air strikes killed the militants in the Zoinari area of North Waziristan.
"We got information that local and foreign fighters were hiding in this area," said one of the officials. "Strikes were launched and 10 militants were killed. Three hideouts were also completely destroyed."