Pakistani officials announced on Thursday at least 15 Taliban militants were killed by air strikes in Pakistan’s northwestern Shawal Valley, less than a week after security forces started its anti-Taliban operation.
Pakistani security forces launched for an offensive last week against the Taliban to try to push them from North Waziristan, a stronghold area for the group which is controlled by Khan "Sajna" Said, whose name was added to the US "specially designated global terrorists" list last year.
Officials said the conducted air strikes hit Taliban targets in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan and killed around 15 suspected militants.
Pakistani army has conducted several air strikes in the Shawal and also a number of drone strikes against the Taliban over the past week.
Pakistani officials said a United States drone strike killed at least four in the region on Saturday. The other 15 Taliban militants who were killed after army jets bombed the Shawal Valley in the country’s mountainous North Waziristan in the early hours of Friday.