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25 killed as Pakistan bombs suspected Taleban hideouts

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:44 PM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani jets and helicopter gunships bombarded suspected Taleban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people, in response to two major bombings targeting the military.

The air strikes come a day after a Taleban suicide bomber killed 13 people in a blast near army headquarters - a rare strike close to the heart of Pakistan's powerful military establishment.

The focus of Tuesday's operation was North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taleban and Al-Qaeda linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

Military officials said the strikes were based on "confirmed intelligence reports" and some of those killed were linked to high-profile attacks including a bloody double suicide bombing on a church in the northwestern city of Peshawar in September.

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