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10 killed as Pakistani jet planes bomb militants' hideouts

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA - Pakistani jet planes on Sunday bombed suspected hideouts of Taliban militants in Orakzai tribal agency, killing eight militants and two civilians, officials and witnesses said.

Witnesses and a senior official said that fighter planes hit areas in Upper and Lower Orakzai agencies early morning.

A telephone exchange also came under shelling, causing civilian casualties, locals said.

Pakistani forces have been conducting limited aerial operations in Orakzai agency for three weeks. Taliban had been active in Orakzai agency and they had forced minority Sikhs to leave the area after they refused to pay a tax.

Locals say that mostly civilians were killed in two air strikes at Ghaljo, the center of Upper Orakzai agency.

Hundreds of people have fled homes due to operation by the security forces, officials said.

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