Pakistan: Jets kill 20 suspected militants in NW

June 30, 2010 14:07

PARACHINAR, Pakistan  —Fighter jets bombed suspected militant hide-outs in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing twenty in a new assault on an Afghan tribal region where the army had previously declared victory, said a Pakistani government official.

Samiullah Khan, a deputy administrator in the Orakzai tribal region, said the aerial bombings destroyed six Taliban hide-outs in the region.Khan said 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.

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