At least 39 Taliban militants were killed and 17 others injured today in air and ground offensives by Pakistani security forces in the restive northwestern Orakzai tribal region.
A clash between troops and Taliban in Sarki Khel area of Orakzai left 24 militants dead and 11 injured, officials said.
Fifteen more militants were killed and six others injured when helicopter gunships targeted militant positions in Khadezai and Gundaki areas of the tribal region.
Three militant hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes, the officials said.
The Pakistani military claims that it has killed over 1,000 militants during air and ground attacks in Orakzai in recent months, though the figure cannot be independently verified as journalists have no access to the region.