Friday, October 31, 2008
A suspected US missile strike on an insurgent’s home in Pakistan has killed up to 20 people.
The attack, on the known insurgent stronghold town of Mir Ali near the Afghan border, killed a “mid-level al-Qaeda militant, a Pakistan official said.
He added that two missiles were fired from the suspected US aircraft onto the house and “15 to 20 people are feared dead”.
The attack comes amid a surge in militant violence in Pakistan’s northwest. Elsewhere, a suicide bomber killed nine people in an attack on police in the northwestern town of Mardan.
Mardan police chief Akhtar Ali Shah said: “I was about to leave the office. As my escort went out, the blast took place.
“The attacker blew himself up close to the escort when my guards tried to stop him entering the office premises. Had he entered the office, he would have caused more losses.”
This article was posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 at 1:27 pm