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Pakistan bombs militant hideouts in tribal area after talks collapse

Published on Feb 20, 2014 1:31 PM

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistani fighter jets bombed suspected militant hideouts in a tribal area on the Afghan border on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, security officials said, after attempts to engage insurgents in peace negotiations collapsed this week.

"We received information about militant hideouts and based on our intelligence, precision strikes were carried out around midnight in the Mir Ali area," an intelligence official told Reuters.

"Fifteen militants were killed in the bombing. Thirteen of them were foreign fighters." Another security official said a cache of arms was destroyed in the strikes.

The administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who came to power last year promising to find a negotiated peace with the Taleban, has been trying to engage the militants in talks.

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