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Pakistani fighter jets bomb militant hideouts, 15 dead
At least 15 militants were killed and several others wounded after Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant hideouts near the Afghan border on February 23, 2012.
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:53PM
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Government officials say Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant positions in the country’s rugged northwestern tribal region close to the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 15 militants and injuring 17 others, Press TV reports.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV on Thursday that the strikes occurred in the remote Bermela, Khadizai, Mamozai, and Samabazar area of Upper Orakzai tribal area. Pakistani military aircraft also destroyed seven militants' hideouts during the aerial attacks.

The death toll is expected to rise as several militants are trapped under the rubble of destroyed hideouts, and those injured are said to be in critical condition.

The Pakistani military has launched a series of offensives against militants in the country's semiautonomous tribal region in the past few years.

Despite the Pakistani government's operations against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants and associated groups, they have still been able to spread their influence in various regions of the country and have killed thousands of people.

Over 35,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US on the so-called war against terrorism, according to local media.

Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan.

Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.

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