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US drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan

Press TV [1]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

At least 10 people have been killed and five others injured in a major US drone attack that rocked a tribal area in northwestern Pakistan.

According to reports on Tuesday, a US drone aircraft fired missiles at what Pakistani intelligence officials believe to be a pro-Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan province, near the Afghan border.

“Two missiles were fired by a US drone. It was a militant compound,” a Pakistani government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“We have reports that more than 10 people were killed in the attack. It was a drone attack,” another official said, adding that the attack has left five injured.

The incident comes one week after a similar attack on a civilian home in South Waziristan. Pakistani officials believe the so-called Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, his second wife and bodyguards were killed in the attack — a claim that has been denied by militant commanders.

US drone attacks on Pakistan have caused heavy civilian casualties since 2006.

The air strikes allegedly target militants, but Pakistani media outlets say only 10 out of the 60 raids have managed to target militant hideouts.

The Islamabad government has repeatedly called for an end to US missile attacks on Pakistani soil. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani said last week that the incessant US strikes were undermining attempts at isolating the TTP leadership from the various tribes in the effected area.

This is while some reports indicate US drones take off form Pakistani soil.