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Drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan

Drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan

Mar 30, 2012 - 12:58

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Four suspected militants were killed as a result of drone attack in Pakistaninfo-icon’s restive tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, officials said on Friday.

A senior political administration official in Miran Shah, the main town of Waziristan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the drone struck a house in the region.

However, Khan Dad said it was unclear whether dead were militants or ordinary people. Four shops, close to the house, were destroyed in the missile strike, which took place at 5am.

However, an intelligence operative said remotely-piloted aircraft hit a house used by foreign militants in Miranshah. "The four idividuals killed and three wounded belonged to an Arab country.”

"Two missiles hit a house and four militants were killed," a security official told AFP. "The attack took place at about 3:00 am."

The United States, viewing the semi-autonomous tribal belt as a stronghold of the Talibaninfo-icon and Al Qaeda, has long been carring out drone strikes on rebel hideouts in Waziristan.

The attack came at a time when Pakistan's parliament is debating new terms of engagement with the US, which is optimistic the review will lead to the reopening of a key NATOinfo-icon supply route.

Islamabad closed, the logistic supply line for NATO troops in Afghanistan, soon after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a coalition air raid in the Mohmand tribal area in November 2011.

In other news, two insurgents were killed while planting a roadside bomb in the Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The two were killed in Janikhel area where the bomb they were planting went off prematurely.



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