At least 15 killed in air strikes in Tirah valley

PESHAWAR: At least 15 suspected militants were killed early on Tuesday as F-16 jets bombed militant hideouts in the Tirah valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, according to the initial information.

The military jets targeted nine suspected hideouts in various parts of the Kokikhel area in Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed.

Military sources added that the death toll could be higher.

Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) since the government’s efforts to engage Taliban insurgents in peace negotiations broke down this month.