PESHAWAR (Agencies) - Air and land combined effort inflicted heavy losses upon the millitants in a number of intense encounters at different locations in Bajaur Agency on Friday. In an encounter with mililtants at Inayat Qila, the Frontier Corps (FC) troops backed by air, exterminated 60 heavily-armed militants and destroyed their 16 vehicles, says a Press release issued by Medical Cell, Headquarters FC, NWFP. During a heavy exchange of fire with militants in the area around Loesam, the Combat Aviation killed another 25 rebels and destroyed five vehicles, said the statement. "In a combined effort, other major strongholds in the area were successfully targeted through land and air attacks. The actions resulted in uprooting the militants from their heavily-defended localities, giving them sizeable losses." "A large number of militants were killed and two security officers were martyred in fighting Friday in two areas of Bajaur," Army spokesman Murad Khan said. Helicopter gunships pounded rebel hideouts in the Rashakai and Taang Khata areas, 10km northwest of the main town of Khar, killing several militants, security and administration officials said earlier. "Security forces received information that militants were planning to ambush security forces. The army helicopter gunships struck the rebels' positions first," local government official Iqbal Khattak said. Several militants were killed when Pakistan army tanks and artillery targeted their positions in the Kausar and Rashakai areas, Khattak said. Security forces have for weeks been targeting militant positions in Bajaur, in a major operation that has seen nearly 700 people killed, mostly militants, and 260,000 displaced. There were some foreign fighters among the estimated 100 rebels who were killed Thursday near the town of Inayat Qila, according to a security official, when jets destroyed an entire market used by the Taliban militants for cover. Locals alleged that helicopter gunships fired at a moving car in the market, apparently carrying Taliban fighters, but missed the target, instead killing nine civilians. The army did not immediately comment on the claim.