US drone strike kills Pakistani women, children in N. Waziristan

A U.S. drone fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region, killing at least a dozen people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said.

US drone strike kills Pakistani women, children in N. Waziristan

A U.S. drone fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least a dozen people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said.

The strike on Darpa Kheil village, about two km (one mile) from North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah, was the third such attack by a CIA-operated drone aircraft in Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun tribal areas this month.

An intelligence official in the region said 12 people were killed in the attack targeting a house while another put the death toll at 15 and said most were Afghans.

The first intelligence agency official said the dead included eight women and children.

The house was close to a sprawling madrasa, or religious school, set up by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former veteran Afghan fighter commander.

Pakistani and U.S. officials believe Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a similar strike in neighbouring South Waziristan on Aug. 5, although his men have denied that.

"The attack caused a huge explosion that forced our doors open," said a Reuters reporter in Miranshah.

He said drones were heard flying over the area after the blast.

Pilotless U.S. drone aircraft attacked Haqqani's complex in September last year, killing 23 people, most of them members of his family.

U.S. ally Pakistan officially objects to the U.S. drone strikes on its soil saying they violate its sovereignty and erupts public anger against cooperation with U.S. military attacks.

Reuters
Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2009, 16:51
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