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35 die as Pakistani jets target Taliban

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the northwestern tribal regions in overnight raids into Thursday, and security officials said at least 35 people suspected of being militants, including some foreign fighters, were killed.

The strikes came just days after the suspension of peace talks between the government and Taliban representatives. On Monday, the government said it could not go ahead with the talks unless the militants announced a cease-fire and stopped their attacks on security forces.

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However, it was not immediately clear if the raids by the Pakistani Air Force signaled the beginning of a full-fledged offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, the tribal region that has been a haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the airstrikes were in retaliation for recent attacks by the militants.

“The government will not tolerate any attacks while the talks process is under way,” the official said.

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