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18 other Pakistanis die in US drones strike

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 8, IRNA -- Two US drone aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday and killed at least 18 people, security officials said.

Two US pilotless planes fired five missiles on a compound in Shawal area of North Waziristan, near Afghan border. The house was completely destroyed in the attack.

They suspected militants were living in the compound when the US drone struck the building.

Several foreigners and Taliban militants from Punjab province were among those killed.

The US has stepped up drone strikes in Waziristan region in recent days and after the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit to Islamabad late last month.

Pakistan and US has formed a joint intelligence sharing mechanism on the movement and hideouts of the militants in the tribal regions.

On Monday, three such attacks killed at least 21 people, mostly believed to be Punjabi Taliban, in South Waziristan tribal area.

Last Friday night, a U.S. drone strike killed a top militant leader Ilyas Kashmiri along with eight other militants. Kashmiri was wanted by the U.S. and Pakistan.

He was behind the last month brazen attack on a navy air station in Karachi, which killed 10 Pakistani navy personnel.

The latest U.S. drone strike is 37th in Pakistan this year, which killed nearly 284 people including women and children.

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