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Pakistani Jets Attack Taliban Positions, Killing 17

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Pakistani officials say fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts near the Afghan border Sunday, killing at least 17 suspected militants.

Officials say the operation targeted Taliban safe houses in the Orakzai tribal area believed to be used by local commanders.  It is unclear if the strikes killed any senior militant leaders.

Pakistan suffered a wave of suicide attacks last week that killed at least 81 people.

A suicide bombing in northwestern Swat valley Saturday killed 13 people, while twin suicide bombings targeting a military convoy in the northeastern city of Lahore Friday left at least 55 people dead.  Another suicide bombing in Lahore on Monday killed 13 people.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In other violence Sunday, police in southwestern Baluchistan province said suspected militants tried to blow up a NATO oil tanker, but the bomb misfired, causing only an oil spill.  One person was injured.

Police said the incident occurred in the border town of Chaman along an important route used for delivering supplies to NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
 
Militants say the attacks are retaliation for the ongoing military offensives against the Taliban in the tribal areas near the Afghan border.

A Taliban spokesman said Saturday that more attacks will be carried out unless Pakistan's army stops operations in the tribal areas.

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

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