Air strikes continued for the third day this time in Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency since early morning killing 38 terrorists, including some important commanders, according to security officials.

Six terrorists' hideouts were destroyed, the officials said. Some of the targets hit included a place where improvised explosive device (IED)s were made. A huge quantity of explosive materials was destroyed in the strikes.

Meanwhile a bomb blast on the Hangu Road in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed at least 12 people on Sunday afternoon and injured several.

News reports quoting the police said it was an improvised explosive device planted near a roadside which was set off by a remote controlled device. A passenger van near the bomb was the worst affected as the people inside were killed, said police. At least 15 persons are said to be injured. Police said the bomb was placed in a crate.

Earlier air strikes in Hangu and North Waziristan had killed a number of terrorists including Uzbek militants