Saturday, Nov 1, 2008
Suspected US missiles struck two deadly blows Friday killing 32 mainly Al-Qaeda operatives and injuring a key Taliban commander in a Pakistani tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said.
The two strikes within a few hours were the latest in series of attacks that have raised tensions between Washington and Islamabad.
In the first attack two missiles hit a pick-up truck and a house west of Mir Ali, a town in the troubled North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, killing 20 mainly Arab militants, officials said.
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They told AFP the strike targeted an Al-Qaeda financial coordinator known as Abu Akasa Al-Iraqi and that there were unconfirmed local reports that he was among the dead.
Two further missiles fired by a suspected US drone at a militant hideout near Wana, the main town in neighbouring South Waziristan, killed 12 suspected rebels soon after, a senior security official said.
They included “foreigners”, the official said — using the term by which security services refer to Al-Qaeda operatives.
Officials said top Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was wounded in the strike.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 5:33 am