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US drone kills 7 in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 4, IRNA -- A US pilotless aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least seven people, officials said on Saturday.

The missiles targeted a compound of suspected militants late Friday night in Ghwakhwa area, some 10 kilometers from Wana, the center of South Waziristan.

South Waziristan is the birthplace of Pakistani Taliban and the security forces had conducted a major operation and expelled the militants from the region.

It is widely believed that militants are still hiding in South Waziristan and also launch attacks on security forces and pro-government tribal leaders time to time.

Pakistani parliament last month passed a resolution asking the US to halt drone strikes in the tribal regions and that if attacks were not stopped Pakistan will suspend supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The US has ignored Pakistan’s call and continued strikes what they say are aimed at targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

The late Friday’s attack was the 9th since US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2.

The attack in South Waziristan took place amid strong rumours about a possible offensive in neighbouring North Waziristan tribal region.

CIA considers North Waziristan as the launching pad for cross border attacks into Afghanistan on foreign and Afghan forces.

Pakistan has been under tremendous pressure by the US and Afghan government to launch operation against the militants in North Waziristan.

Corps Commander Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik, who is in-charge of all military operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal regions, said this week operation in North Waziristan will be launched if it is needed.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30416834



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