At least 32 suspected militants were killed when army jet fighters pounded militants'hide outs in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The Inter Services Public Relations, the mouthpiece of Pakistan Army, said in a statement that the militants were killed when their three hideouts were targeted and destroyed by the army jet fighters.
"During the fighting, 23 explosive laden vehicles and four ammunition dumps were also destroyed early in the morning," said the statement.
The air raid was carried out in Bangidar area of North Waziristan, a restive tribal area at Pakistan-Afghanistan border, where security forces have been launching a major armed offensive against Taliban militants since June 15.
Over 500 militants have been killed, 35 captured, 19 surrendered and 104 hideouts destroyed in the operation that aims at wiping out the militant stronghold in the area.
General Raheel Sharif, the country's Chief of Army Staff, said earlier on Friday that the armed forces are determined to flush out the militants with their highly-skilled trained and professional expertise even from remote and hard areas of North Waziristan (in the operation).
Media reports said that around 25,000 to 30,000 troops are participating in the ongoing operation.
Over a million people have fled the offensive in the area and are living in refugee camps in Bannu area of neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.