Suspected U.S. drone attack kills 5 in Pakistan

On Wednesday, U.S. forces killed 20 people, including women and children carrying out a pre-dawn helicopter-borne ground assault on the village of Angor Adda in Pakistan.

Suspected U.S. drone attack kills 5 in Pakistan
A suspected U.S. drone in Pakistan's North Waziristan region killed five Islamist fighters on Friday in a missile attack.

On Wednesday, U.S. forces killed 20 people, including women and children carrying out a pre-dawn helicopter-borne ground assault on the village of Angor Adda in the nearby South Waziristan that in the first known incursion into Pakistan by U.S.-led troops since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

Pakistan condemned the Wednesday attack and summoned the U.S. ambassador to lodge a protest. Parliament called for border raids to be repulsed.

The Friday attack was on a house in the Guvrek area, near the border with Afghanistan.

"Two drones were flying in the area. They fired three missiles," said a witness who declined to be identified.

An intelligence official said fivefighter were killed while another said the the toll could rise. It was not immediately known if any senior al Qaeda figures were among the casualties.

Military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said they were checking reports of the attack.

Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, looks set to become president on Saturday in an election by legislators to chose a replacement for Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month.

Zardari is seen as close to the United States but the anger over U.S. strikes on Wednesday is not expected to hurt his chances of victory.

However, ordinary Pakistanis, many of whom harbour anti-American feelings, will be expecting him to take a stand against the U.S. attacks.

U.S.-controlled Predator aircraft have struck several sites used by al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan this year, most recently on Thursday when four low-level al Qaeda-linked militants were killed in the same region, security officials said.

Reuters
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