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Pakistan Offensive Kills 30 Militants

Pakistani officials said military fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 30 insurgents and destroying seven militant hide-outs.

Pakistan launched the offensive in Orakzai to rout Taliban fighters from the mountainous area near its border with Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in Pakistan's tribal region, suspected militants released 50 of the 60 people kidnapped at gunpoint in Kurram on Saturday.

Local officials say tribal elders are helping to negotiate the release of the remaining hostages.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.