ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Troops killed up to 100 militants on Thursday in northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border after the rebels ambushed a security patrol, a security official said. "We launched strikes against militant hideouts in Bajaur and destroyed several compounds they were using," the official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP. "According to the latest information from the area, between 80 and 100 militants were killed." The ambush took place near the town of Inayat Kili, the official said, adding that the subsequent military strikes had destroyed an entire market used by the Taliban militants for cover. The latest death toll was based on intelligence intercepts of militant communications, he said. Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: At least 16 militants were killed and 18 others injured, including a prominent Taliban commander, on Thursday when security forces targeted militants suspected hideouts in various areas of Kabal and Matta tehsils of Swat District. According ISPR, the security forces targeted the militants' hideouts in Sherfalam area of Tehsil Matta and killed six militants. The security forces also destroyed a house, including Hujra of a Taliban commander, Khurshid Khan. He was also injured in the attack.   Meanwhile, security forces also targeted militants suspected hideouts in Nengwali and Wodegram area of Kabal, killing 10 militants and injuring several others including civilians. Some of the injured persons have been identified as Anwarul Haq, Anwar Rehan, Hazrat Ali, Zakir Hussain, Muslim Khan. The identity of other injured persons could not be ascertained. Saiful Islam from Hangu adds: Beheaded bodies of two under-training policemen were found on Thursday morning from Shahokhel, a village near Hangu. The beheaded persons were part of the 25 policemen, who were abducted by the Taliban militants a couple of days back. The local people saw the dead bodies lying on the ground and informed the police. The police authorities later shifted the bodies to District Police Headquarters. The killed policemen have been identified as Arshad and Azizur Rehman. It is important to mention here that Taliban militants abducted 25 under-training policemen from Khyber Agency a couple of days back and demanded release of their colleagues in return of the abducted policemen. AFP adds: Taliban militants shot dead three pro-government tribesmen in restive Bajaur region, accusing the victims of spying against them, officials said Thursday. The bodies of the tribesmen, aged 30-40 years old, were found on Thursday morning near a road in the Tally area of Bajaur tribal region which borders Afghanistan, a local government official told AFP. "They were shot in the neck and a note found with their bodies said all those indulging in activities against Taliban and cooperating with the government will suffer the same fate," the official said.