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Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 6 in Pakistan

VOA News
27 October 2010

Pakistani officials say two suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed at least six people in the country's northwest.

Wednesday's attacks took place in the North Waziristan tribal region. Officials say a pre-dawn drone strike on a house killed at least two suspected militants in the Spin Wam area. Hours later, a second strike targeted a vehicle in the Datta Khel district, killing at least four suspected militants.

The United States has increased its use of drone missiles against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Pakistan.

Elsewhere in the tribal area, Pakistani officials say a bomb on a motorcycle exploded in a market in the Khyber region Wednesday. At least seven people were wounded in the blast, including members of a local peace committee.

In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, Pakistani authorities say an explosion near a police patrol killed at least two people, including a police officer.

Police were also among the more than 11 people wounded in Wednesday's blast, which happened in Quetta, the provincial capital.

Baluchistan has long been the site of a low-level insurgency seeking more autonomy for the province and a greater share of money from its natural resources.

In recent weeks, the region has also seen several attacks on trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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