ORAKZAI AGENCY - At least 17 militants were killed and six of their hideouts destroyed when jet fighter planes pounded their positions at Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency on Sunday. Security forces backed by jet fighters targeted militant positions at Dabori, which is considered a stronghold of militants situated adjacent to Khyber and Kurram agencies. The forces and fighter planes pounded militant positions at Adokhel, Akhunkot and Jandari Kalli, killing at least 17 militants. Six of their hideouts were completely destroyed. However, independent sources did not confirm the killings. TTP Orakzai Agency spokesman Hafiz Saeed also denied the reports of killing of militants in Dabori. Meanwhile, security forces also shelled and destroyed four hideouts of the militants at Chapar and Tor Sam areas. In the ongoing operation against militants in Upper Orakzai Agency, at least 213 militants have so far been killed since last month.