Suspected US Drone Attack Kills Militants in Northwest Pakistan
By VOA News
08 July 2009
Intelligence officials in Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone has fired missiles into a Taliban training camp in northwest Pakistan, killing up to 10 militants.
It was the second suspected attack by an unmanned U.S. aircraft in the past two days.
Wednesday's early morning attack struck the South Waziristan tribal area, along the border with Afghanistan. A drone attack in the area on Tuesday killed 14 militants, including several foreigners.
The area is a stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud, a top Taliban leader and al-Qaida ally wanted by both Pakistan and the United States.
Mehsud is blamed for scores of attacks against government and civilian targets, and is believed to be a key facilitator for al-Qaida fighters in Pakistan.
Pakistan's military has been fighting Taliban militants throughout the country's northwest for more than two months. Recently, the operations have included airstrikes against militant targets in South Waziristan.
In other violence, police in the northwestern city of Peshawar say a suicide bomber detonated an explosive on a busy road killing himself and wounding several others.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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