The aerial strikes were carried out in remote Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency where militants of Lashkar-i-Islam have strongholds, Pakistan Army said in a statement.

The dead also included some foreign ultras. At least 30 militants were killed and two ammunition depots were also destroyed in the area where a major military campaign is underway.

There were unconfirmed reports that Lashkar-i-Islam spokesman Salahuddin Ayubi, was among the dead.

The outfit announced an allegiance to the Taliban earlier this month. The toll could not be verified through independent sources as the region is out of reach of media.

Security forces source said jets bombed militants' compounds in the valley and destroyed several hideouts.

Six militants were also injured in the latest bombings. Around 80 militants and seven soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between security forces and terrorists in aerial and ground operations in Khyber district on Saturday.

The key commanders were among those killed in the bombing, said the security official without disclosing their identities.

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