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Missiles Target Pakistani Militants Near Afghan Border

By VOA News

13 August 2008

Pakistani security officials say a missile strike has killed at least nine people at a militant training camp near the border with Afghanistan.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claim four missiles - launched from the Afghan side of the border - targeted the camp in Baghar, in South Waziristan on Tuesday. They say foreign fighters were present at the time of the attack.

The U.S. military has launched similar attacks in the past but denies any involvement. Spokesman Lieutenant Nathan Perry said Wednesday he had "no reports" of any incidents along the border.

Also today, gunmen shot and killed a militant leader in the northwestern Khyber tribal region.

Officials say the gunmen burst into the headquarters of a group called the "Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" and opened fire, killing Haji Namdar.

Officials say Namdar's followers managed to capture two of the assailants, but so far no one has claimed responsibility.

Namdar survived a suicide bomb attack in May.

On Tuesday, the Pakistani Taliban declared "open war" following military operations in the country's northwest.

Maulvi Omar, a spokesman for the group, said that if government operations continue in Swat and in the tribal areas, the militants will continue their attacks.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in a second Pakistani provincial assembly - the North West Frontier Province - passed a resolution calling for President Pervez Musharraf to face a confidence vote. On Monday, the assembly in Punjab province approved a similar resolution.



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