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Pakistani Officials: Air Strikes Kill at Least 19 Militants

Pakistani warplanes have bombed suspected Taliban positions in the country's northwest. Government officials say at least 19 militants were killed.

The officials say the air strikes Sunday targeted insurgent hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region near the Afghan border.

Independent confirmation of the casualties is impossible because media access to the region is restricted.

Since March, Pakistani forces have been carrying out an anti-Taliban offensive in Orakzai to target militants believed to have fled an earlier offensive in South Waziristan.

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