PESHAWAR (AFP) - Paramilitary forces Tuesday killed at least 17 militants in a tribal area after militants rockets killed two civilians in the city, officials said. In an operation by security forces today 17 militants were killed, a paramilitary statement said. A large quantity of arms and ammunition has been captured and troops destroyed one ammunition dump and six militant hideouts, it said. A paramilitary commander separately told AFP that the operation was launched after militants fired rockets at a paramilitary checkpoint early Tuesday in a rare and brazen assault in Peshawar that killed two civilians. The pre-dawn rocket attack targeted a Frontier Corps base in the citys Hayatabad neighbourhood, Peshawar police chief Sifwat Ghayur told AFP. One rocket landed harmlessly inside the post but three others strayed into the residential area, killing two men and wounding three others, Ghayur said. Taliban also fired rockets and mortars towards a military post in the nearby tribal district of Bara but there were no casualties or damage, a military official said earlier. Three Taliban fighters were killed when troops returned fire, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Residents say such attacks are rare in Peshawar.