Twelve suspected militants were killed Sunday in military airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal region, two Pakistani military officials told CNN.
The officials said Pakistani jet fighters launched the airstrikes around 2 p.m. (5 a.m. ET) against militant hideouts in Kalaya, a village in Orakzai, one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border.
Earlier this month, Maj. Gen. TariqÂ Khan, the regional commander who oversees troops in the tribal region, said many Taliban fighters and their commanders have fled to OrakzaiÂ after military offensives in Bajaur and South Waziristan.
The two military officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.