At least 27 militants were killed and 17 injured in an aerial bombing operation by the Pakistani army targeting various militant hideouts in tribal areas on the Afghan border Tuesday, security and administration officials said.
Army helicopters bombed the hideouts in multiple villages of North Waziristan in the morning.
While a security official claimed that the operation was targeted, local residents said several civilians were among those killed and injured.
The operation comes amid a stalemate in government efforts for talks with the militants. Following deadly attacks by the Pakistani Taliban against army personnel in recent days, calls have escalated for an army operation against the militants.