Pakistani fighter jets launched airstrikes early Sunday against militant hideouts in the country’s troubled northwest, killing dozens of insurgents, local security officials said.

The strikes primarily targeted Uzbek fighters in the mountainous Dehgan area, some 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district and a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

“The strikes were carried out based on confirmed reports about the presence of Uzbek and other militants in the area,” an official said.

The latest bombing runs come a week after after militants conducted an all-night siege of Karachi airport, killing 38 people and all but destroying a tentative peace process between the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and the government.

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