Pakistan's military says its warplanes have pounded militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants.

In a statement released Friday, the military says the airstrikes were carried out the night before in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

The military says there were some foreigners among the 15 killed but provided no further details on their nationalities or identities. Reporters are barred from Pakistan's tribal regions and it is impossible to independently verify information from there.

North Waziristan is one of seven tribal regions where local and foreign militants have found safe havens for years. They use the hideouts in the mountainous border area to launch attacks on both sides of the border.