| GEO Pakistan|
Tally in Khyber blitz mounts to 55
| Updated at: 1110 PST, Wednesday, September 01, 2010|
PESHAWAR: The death toll from security force air strikes on militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal area Wednesday rose to 55, with reports of some civilian deaths, security officials said.
"Militants were using civilians and their families as human shields and there could be some civilian casualties but we do not know how many," a senior security official told media, confirming the new toll in the Tirah valley.
Two military and an intelligence official also confirmed the incident and the death toll, while local government officials said about a dozen civilians died.