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U.S. drone strike kills five in Pakistan, 14 since Friday

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 27, IRNA -- A US drone aircraft killed at least five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region Monday, locals said.

Several people were also injured when the drone fired several missiles at a house in Mir Ali, a main town in North Waziristan.

It is the second drone strike in the same region in four days.

On Friday a US drone hit a house in Mir Ali and killed nine people, according to local tribesmen.

It was not confirmed who was killed in the Monday’s attack.

Sources said the people did not approach the location to retrieve the injured and bodies as the drone plane was hovering above the area after the attack.

US claims that the drone aircraft target suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who are hiding in Pakistan tribal regions and plan attacks on foreign troops in the neighbouring Afghanistan.

The US has stepped up drone attacks in Pakistan since a bomber struck the CIA center in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, killing seven CIA personnel in late December.

The bomber was shown in a recorded video along with Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsood, who the US official believes to have been killed in a drone strike in January.

Taliban denied Mehsood’s death reports and Pakistan army says it has no confirmation.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1079897



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