ISLAMABAD, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Pakistani military airstrikes against militants in the mountainous Shawal region between North and South Waziristan early Tuesday killed approximately 30 people.
A security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to The New York Times, said that fighter jets were used in Tuesday's assault, resulting in "A number of terrorist hide-outs have been completely destroyed."
The Pakistani government undertook the airstrikes after the Taliban's execution of 23 captured Frontier Corps militiamen on February 16. Over the past five months, Pakistani officials estimate 460 people have been killed in militant violence.
Taliban attacks have delayed plans to initiate talks between the government and Pakistani Taliban.
[New York Times]