Thursday, Oct 23, 2008
Suspected US spy drones fired missiles early Thursday into a school set up by a top Taliban commander in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing 11 people, security officials said.
The air strike apparently targeting veteran militant Jalaluddin Haqqani, a major target for US forces, was the latest in a string of attacks on Pakistani soil that have raised tensions between Islamabad and Washington.
It came hours after parliament passed a special resolution calling for an urgent review of Pakistan’s anti-terror policy, including more talks with militants and a vow to defend Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty.
Security officials said that the madrassa, or religious school, near Miranshah, the main town in troubled North Waziristan region, was set up by Haqqani during the 1980s “jihad” against Soviet forces in Afghanistan.
It was currently run by one of Haqqani’s own commanders, Mullah Mansoor, and was recently used as a guest house for “international and local students traveling from other areas”.
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“At 2:25 am, two spy drones fired three missiles at the madrassa of Mullah Mansoor. Eleven people have been killed in the missile strike,” a security official told AFP.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 3:41 am