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US drone aircraft kills 4 in Pakistan tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 15,IRNA -- A US spy aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan’s insurgent-infested North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least four people Friday, local media reported.

The drone aircraft fired two missiles on a house and a vehicle at Darpakhel area, near the Afghan border, the Express TV reported.

It was not immediately know as to who was targeted in the attack.

Darpakhel, located just three kilometers from Miranshah, center of North Waziristan, had once housed religious schools and homes of the members of Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

It is the third US strike in the Waziristan tribal region in two days.

On Thursday US spy planes carried out two strikes in North and South Waziristan and had reportedly killed 7 suspected militants including a commander of the Haqqani network.

Pakistani and the US security officials have confirmed the death of Janbaz Zadran also known as Jamil. He was the lieutenant of Badruddin Haqqani, brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader the group.

Pakistani media have reported that Jamil was in-charge of the logistic affairs of the Haqqani network but he was not member of the Haqqani family.

Local tribesmen said that members of the Haqqani network had been living in Dande Darpakhel area for years but all had left the region as the result of military operation in 2005.

Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former Afghan Jihadi commander and father of Sirajuddin Haqqani, had established religious schools in the area during the 1979-89 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Pakistan is under US pressure to launch a major operation against the Haqqani network, blamed for the two attacks last year on the US embassy in Kabul and a truck bomb attack on an US military base in Maidan Wardak Province.

The US has again stepped up drone strikes amid tension between the United States and Pakistan over Haqqani network. Top US military leaders claim that Pakistan has links with the Haqqani network and supported the group in their two attacks in Afghanistan on the US embassy and a military base last month. Pakistan has dismissed the charges as 'irresponsible.'

The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had threatened unilateral action against the Haqqani network and the other Pakistan-based extremist groups.

Pakistan had rejected the threats as contrary to the spirit of cooperation in the war on terrorism.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30611795

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