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Pakistan: 12 suspected militants killed

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  • Pakistani jet fighters launch airstrikes Sunday in Orakzai, officials say
  • Many Taliban fighters and commanders fled there, regional Pakistani commander says
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  • The Taliban

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Twelve suspected militants were killed in military airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal region, two Pakistani military officials told CNN.

Pakistani jet fighters launched the airstrikes around 2 p.m. (5 a.m. ET) Sunday against militant hideouts in Kalaya, a village in Orakzai, one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, the officials said.

The two military officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Earlier this month, Maj. Gen. Tariq Khan, the regional commander who oversees troops in the tribal region, said many Taliban fighters and their commanders have fled to Orakzai after military offensives in Bajaur and South Waziristan.