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Bombings kill five militants in Pakistan


Peshawar: At least five militants were killed Monday when Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the northwestern part of the country, a media report said.

Fighter jets bombed rebel hideouts in Doog Darra town near the restive Swat Valley following intelligence reports that a large number of militants had gathered in the area, military spokesman Major Nasir Ali Khan said.

“The bombings destroyed three Taliban bases and killed five militants,” Dawn newspaper said on its website citing the official.

Local administration chief Javed Marwat confirmed the air strikes and said the number of casualties may go up.

More than 1,800 militants and 166 security personnel have been killed since the Pakistan Army launched a major offensive against the Taliban in April this year.