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'Deadly air strike' in Pakistan
Posted on: 04-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

The apparent drone attack targeted a home in the North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The US military routinely does not confirm drone attacks but its forces in Afghanistan are believed to be the only ones in the region with the capability.

Pakistan is critical of drone use because, it says, civilians are often killed, fuelling support for militants.

The latest missile strike occurred at 0300 local time (2200 GMT on Friday), officials said.

It targeted a local tribesman's compound near the region's main town of Miranshah, according to reports.

A number of foreign militants were among those killed, security officials said.

The latest incident comes only three days after a missile fired by a suspected US drone killed at least 14 people in Pakistan's Orakzai tribal area, near the Afghan border.

Correspondents say that more than 35 suspected drone strikes have killed more than 340 people since August 2008, shortly before the election of President Asif Ali Zardari.

US President Barack Obama has pledged to make the war against the Taleban and al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan a foreign policy priority.

Most missile strikes by drones have targeted foreign fighters in the Waziristan region over the past couple of years.


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