Officials: Pakistani aircraft strike militant hideouts in northwest near Afghan border

Pakistani military and intelligence officials say air force jets and helicopter gunships have struck militant hideouts in tribal areas near the Afghan border, killing nearly 25 of them.

The two officials say Tuesday morning strikes targeted areas in North and South Waziristan.

They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

There is no way to confirm the claim independently. The lawless region is off limits to journalists.

The Waziristan tribal region is home to a mix of local and foreign al-Qaida linked militants.

Pakistan has regularly launched strikes against Taliban targets after recent peace talks broke over the killings of 23 soldiers by the militants.

The Pakistani Taliban have waged a bloody war against the state, aiming to enforce their harsh brand of Islamic Shariah.