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Pakistani Forces Kill 10 in Orakzai


Pakistani officials say troops backed by fighter aircraft pounded three militant hideouts Sunday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 suspected insurgents in the troubled Orakzai tribal district.

The assault came a day after fighter jets bombed a militant stronghold in the neighboring Khyber tribal region on the Afghan border, killing 45 people.

Pakistani officials said Saturday's strike took place in the valley of Tirah.

Khyber is the main supply route for NATO troops through Pakistan into Afghanistan. Militants are blamed for frequent attacks on NATO convoys traveling through the region.

Pakistan's military has recently stepped up offensives in Khyber and Orakzai. Officials say more than 300 militants have been killed so far in the fighting.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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