Pakistan army pounds militant hideouts, 18 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistani fighter jets attacked suspected militant hideouts in the tribal areas on the Afghan border on Sunday, killing at least 18 insurgents, officials said, the third in a series of air strikes since last week.
The air strikes took place after peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents broke down last week and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif authorized the army on Feb. 20 to launch raids against militants in the volatile region on the Afghan border.
"Fighter jets pounded training facilities of the terrorists in Tirah Valley early on Sunday," said one military official.
He said the destroyed facilities were used to train suicide bombers and make explosives.
There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.