US drone attack kills five in Pakistan's S. Waziristan

A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's South Waziristan region and killed five, intelligence officials said.

US drone attack kills five in Pakistan's S. Waziristan

A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles on Tuesday at a house in Pakistan's South Waziristan region and killed five, intelligence officials said.

The strike took place about 60 km (40 miles) northeast of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, on the Afghan border, the Pakistani officials said.

U.S: claimed the house blonged to a Taliban commander, identified as Irfan Mehsud.

"The house of the commander has been completely destroyed and five dead bodies, three Pakistanis and two Uzbeks, have been recovered," one of the intelligence officials, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

There have been nearly 60 such cross-border strikes by U.S. military since the beginning of 2008, including a bloody one killed Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud alongside his wife.

About 500 people have been killed in the strikes since early last year, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani security officials and residents.

Pakistan officially objects to the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty and the civilian casualties, sparking huge public anger.

U.S. officials say the strikes are carried out under an agreement with Islamabad that allows Pakistani leaders to decry the attacks in public.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Eylül 2009, 09:02
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