Pakistani Official Says 10 Militants Killed Near Afghan Border

PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- A Pakistani government official says army helicopter gunships pounded insurgent hideouts in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 10 militants.

Samiullah Khan said the hideouts hit Sunday are in the Dabori area of the Orakzai tribal region near the Afghan border.

Independent confirmation of the casualties and the identities of those killed is virtually impossible because the region is remote and dangerous and media access there is restricted.

Pakistani forces launched an operation in Orakzai in mid-March to flush out militants who last year fled an army offensive in South Waziristan.