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U.S. drone strike kills 12 in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 24, IRNA -- At least one suspected U.S. drone fired on a house in Pakistan's tribal region Saturday, killing 12 people, state television reported.

Private TV channels put death toll at 16.

The drone hit a house at Angor Adda area near the Afghan border, witnesses said.

Official sources claimed that all killed were suspected Taliban militants. The area is controlled by Taliban commander Mulla Nazir. They said that the drone fired at least five missiles early morning.

The fresh strike happened a day after new footage emerged showing the Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, responsible for the botched car bomb attack in New York, meeting Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

The footage, aired on Britain’s Sky News channel, shows Shahzad and Mehsud shaking hands and hugging sometime before the failed attack in New York’s Times Square in May.

The U.S. pilotless drone aircraft regularly fire missiles in the Pakistani tribal region to eliminate al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects. They say they have killed several senior al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

While the Pakistani government publicly condemns the strikes as violations of its sovereignty, it is thought to have a secret deal with Washington allowing them

End News / IRNA / News Code 1244350

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