At least 40 fighters have been killed in a 24-hour siege in Pakistan.
Fighter jets bombed what they say are Taliban hide-outs in the troubled northwest of the country.
Pakistan's five-month-old civilian government has been plagued by violence and political instability since Pervez Musharraf was forced to resign as president two weeks ago.
The violence followed news that Asif Ali Zardari, who is poised to be voted Pakistan's next president, had moved into a tightly guarded government compound because of security fears.
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