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US drone attack kills five in Pakistan

Posted by on March 16, 2011 0 Comment

Islamabad, March 16 (DPA) At least five people were killed Wednesday when a suspected US unmanned aircraft fired three missiles into a car in Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border, intelligence officials said.

The missile strike took place in the Digan Sha area of Datta Khel, the main town in the militancy-plagued North Waziristan district.

An intelligence official who asked not to be named said that they were trying to determine the identities of those killed through local informers.

The US Central Intelligence Agency routinely fires missiles into Pakistan’s tribal region to target Al Qaeda and Taliban militants launching cross-border raids on NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Most of the attacks have taken place in North Waziristan district, where the US wants Pakistan to conduct operations against Taliban groups, including the Haqqani network.

Pakistan says its forces are overstretched due to security operations in other tribal districts and areas of the adjoining province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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