Pakistani fighter jets bombarded terrorist positions in the troubled Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 24 Taliban militants, including a key commander, and injuring 34 others.
The jets targeted militant hideouts in Shakar Tangi, Saifal Dar and Mamozai areas of Orakzai tribal agency during two air strikes, security sources said.
Taliban commander Taj Gul was among the 24 militants killed, the sources said. Thirty four militants were also injured in the attack.
Five militant hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes, the sources said.
The Pakistani military claims that it has killed over 1,000 militants during air and ground attacks in Orakzai though the figure cannot be independently verified as journalists have no access to the region.