US drone attacks kill 12 in Pakistan's territory

A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Saturday, killing 12 people, intelligence officials said.

US drone attacks kill 12 in Pakistan's territory

 

A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Saturday, killing 12 people, intelligence officials said.

The missile attack took place hours after the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, landed in Islamabad for talks as part of the Pakistan-U.S. strategic dialogue initiated in March.

The drone hit Sokhel village, about 25 km (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of the region and known as a hotbed of Taliban, the intelligence officials said.

One intelligence official said that they killed "militants".

A second intelligence official confirmed the account. A resident, Mohammad Rafiq, told Reuters he had seen 11 bodies.

The nationalities of the dead were not immediately available.

The United States has stepped up missile strikes in Pakistan's northwestern region, killing civilians. Most of this year's attacks have been in North Waziristan.

U.S. ally Pakistan officially objects to the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty and fuel anti-U.S. sentiment.

Pakistani forces are also launched offensives in some regions held by Pakistani Taliban in the northwest and took last year two bastillons in the Swat Valley and in the South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

Pakistan has grabbed huge financial support from U.S. following the offensives against Pakistani Taliban which some experts says peaceful.
 

Reuters

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