PESHAWAR: At least 35 suspected militants were reported killed and 15 others were injured when security forces launched a massive assault on Thursday in parts of Khyber tribal region’s Bara and Jamrud tehsils.

The suspected militants were killed as jet fighters carried out airstrikes along with a search operation in the tribal region.

The airstrikes in Akakhel area of Bara were aimed at the outlawed Lahskar-i-Islam and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and destroyed at least 11 militant hideouts.

The attack was carried out on insurgent hideouts in the areas Tor Dara, Wache Yone Dawa Toi, Spera Dam, Merokhel, Tirrah valley's Kokhikhel area and the surrounding areas of Akakhel, the sources claimed.

Intelligence intercepts suggest that scores of militants were killed in the airstrikes, including those suspected of involvement in recent attacks in Badbher, Charsadda, at the vegetable market in Islamabad and in Chaman, sources said.

Jet fighters are still carrying out assaults but media personnel do not have free access to the area which is why the information could not be confirmed from independent sources.

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