PESHAWAR  - At least 13 militants were killed after military fighter jets pounded their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the troops, backed by fighter jets, pounded militants positions at the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, near the Pak-Afghanistan border. As a result, at least 15 terrorists were killed, while their five hideouts were destroyed in the action.

The fresh aerial strikes took place two days after a US drone strike in Shawal Valley in which at least five militants were killed.  Wednesday's airstrike is a continuation of the ongoing armed offensive "Operation Zarb-e-Azb" in which at least 2,000 militants have been killed so far.

The Pakistan Army had launched Zarb-e-Azb, a comprehensive operation in 2014, against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in the tribal areas, after a brazen attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif appreciated and admired the progress of the operation.