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Saturday, April 4, 2009

A suspected US missile strike killed 13 people including alleged Al-Qaeda militants in a Pakistan extremist stronghold on the Afghan border on Saturday, security officials said.

The strike hit Datta Khel, a small town in the semi-autonomous tribal area of North Waziristan, a known hotbed of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, at around 3:00am (2200 GMT Friday).

It was not immediately clear whether any high-value targets were killed.

“The death toll is 13, including some foreigners, but information is very sketchy because it’s a town which is very remote,” one security official said on condition of anonymity, updating an earlier figure of eight dead.

Pakistani officials use the word “foreigner” to refer to suspected Al-Qaeda fighters, but the precise identities of the dead were not confirmed.

“Thirteen people were killed. Ten of them are militants and the identity of the other three — whether they are militants or civilians — is not yet confirmed,” a local official told AFP, also on condition of anonymity.

The local official said the compound that was hit belonged to Tariq Khan, a local Wazir tribesman described as a “facilitator of Taliban.”


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