12 militants killed in back-to-back US drone attacks
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 20:33
Islamabad: At least 12 Taliban militants were killed on Wednesday in two back-to-back US drone strikes on a terrorist training compound in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region, the fifth such attack in a week.

A drone fired two missiles at the militant training centre at Sunzali in Dattakhel sub-division of North Waziristan in the first attack.

Seven people were killed, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels. The second attack was carried out as militants were sifting through the debris of the compound and pulling out bodies.

At least five militants were killed in this attack.

Reports said two foreigners were among the dead.

Several persons were also believed to be injured in the two strikes. US drone attacks have focussed on North Waziristan since the Pakistan Army launched an offensive against the Taliban in neighbouring South Waziristan in October last year.

Hundreds of people, including top militant commanders like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, have been killed in drone attacks since the middle of last year.

Pakistan describes the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty and counter-productive for the war on terror.


First Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 20:33

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