Friday, Jan 2, 2008
A suspected US missile strike Friday killed at least three foreign militants in the northwest Pakistan stronghold of a local Taliban commander, a senior security official said.
The strike was the second in as many days in the South Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, where hundreds of extremists fled after the US-led invasion in late 2001 that toppled the Taliban regime in Kabul.
There have been more than two dozen such strikes on northwest Pakistan since August, sparking angry government criticism of the United States, a close ally which is believed to be launching the missiles from unmanned CIA aircraft.
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“Two missiles were fired on Taliban offices near Ladha village in South Waziristan, killing three foreign militants and wounding two others,” the security official told AFP.
The official, who said the death toll could rise, had no details on the nationalities of the foreigners.