Pakistani jets bomb suspected militant hideout

Last updated 19:20 21/05/2014

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Pakistani fighter jets have bombed suspected militant hideouts in the tribal region of North Waziristan, killing at least 32 people, military sources said.

"Fighter jets started bombing militant positions early on Wednesday," said a senior military official in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan.

"Before the launch of the air strikes, we had confirmed intelligence information about hideouts of the militants and their top commanders."

Another military source said at least 32 people "including important commanders" had been killed.

Local residents, speaking anonymously for fear for their safety, said the strikes also killed several civilians. The claims could not be independently verified.

The lawless tribal area is off limits to foreign journalists and the Pakistani army didn’t release any statements.  

Waziristan is part of Pakistan’s tribal region, which is home to local and al-Qaida-linked foreign militants who have been waging a bloody war against the state, killing thousands of people. 

-Reuters and AP 

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