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Pakistan Air Strikes Kill 13 Suspected Militants

Pakistani military officials say they launched a fresh wave of air strikes in their North Waziristan offensive on July 12, killing at least 13 militants.

Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the strikes also destroyed seven militant hideouts shortly after the militants fired rockets at a military post near the town of Mirali.

Bajwa said most of those killed were foreign fighters, but he did not announce their nationalities.

However previous strikes since the offensive was announced on June 15 have targeted Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters from Central Asia who have strongholds in North Waziristan.

Further to the north, three Pakistani soldiers were killed early on July 12 by about a dozen militants who, according to Pakistani authorities, crossed into the Bajaur tribal area from Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials say those attackers included Pakistani Taliban fighters.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP