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PESHAWAR: Fighter jets attacked militant positions in the Orakzai tribal region killing eight militants, DawnNews reported.

The militants were killed when three insurgent hideouts were destroyed in the action in the tribal region on Wednesday.

Assistant political agent Rafiq Mohmand told DawnNews the hideouts were targeted in Upper Orakzai's Arghanju area.

Over 92 per cent of the area in the tribal region has so far been cleared of militants. However, insurgent hideouts still exist in parts of Orakzai.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.

The area was the original base of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he moved to South Waziristan to take up the Taliban leadership after the death of his predecessor, Baituallah Mehsud.

Unlike the six other tribal agencies, Orakzai does not border Afghanistan. The rugged mountainous territory provides a crucial link for militants operating in other tribal regions, as it borders Khyber and Kurram on the Afghan frontier. It also borders Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Pakistan’s main northwestern city, as well as the garrison town of Kohat.

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Stranger
Feb 06, 2013 02:30pm
When elephants fight, its the small ants which get trampled most. Thats what is happening . Government trying to fire terrorits, who knows how many innocent civilians get killed. They never go reported.
HNY2013
Feb 06, 2013 12:46pm
Jets vs Drones
Enlightened
Feb 06, 2013 04:05pm
Its an eye wash. Pakistan is making false claims of killing militants by aerial attacks. COINS is only successful by mounting ground attacks. Military is not interested in eliminating militancy but planning to take over when state of anarchy engulfs the whole country.
Abdul
Feb 06, 2013 02:06pm
Ya Khuda, when will these attacks stop?