Pakistan Air Force Kills 23 Militants in Northwest

PARACHINAR, Pakistan - A government official says Pakistani fighter jets have pounded insurgent hideouts in the country's northwest, killing 23 suspected militants.

Javed Khan says the attacks on Friday targeted insurgents in the Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions close to Afghanistan.

He says the jets also destroyed some anti-aircraft guns that the militants had positioned on high ground.

Pakistani security forces have carried similar air strikes in both tribal regions since militants moved there after fleeing an army offensive last year in nearby South Waziristan.

Al Qaeda and Taliban militants have bases along the Afghan border. The Pakistan army has launched several offensives in recent years but militants still remain active.