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Helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant positions in the region and killed eight militants. Official sources said five militant bunkers had been destroyed in Merobek, Surgul, Sherin Dara and Bezot areas. - File Photo.
KALAYA Militants set on fire five schools and a basic health centre in Utmankhel area of Orakzai on Wednesday while eight militants were killed in attacks by helicopter gunships.

According to reports reaching here, the five government schools in Spin Kada, Dhand Garhi and Shalon Talab areas were torched and later blown up by militants.

The basic health unit was blown up in Karghan.

Militants were also reported to have set 15 houses on fire. Helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant positions in the region and killed eight militants. Official sources said five militant bunkers had been destroyed in Merobek, Surgul, Sherin Dara and Bezot areas.

Meanwhile, a mortar shell hit the house of a tribesman Dadir Khan in Liari area, killing four people, including two women.

According to sources, four militants were killed by a roadside bomb, but their leader Noor Jamal narrowly escaped.