23 killed in US drone, anti-militant operations in Pakistan

Nineteen militants were among 23 people killed in the restive northwest Pakistan.

Updated: May 09, 2010, 18:28 PM IST

Peshawar: Nineteen militants were among 23
people killed in the restive northwest Pakistan, where a US
drone targeted insurgent hideouts while security forces backed
by helicopter gunships stepped up ground attacks on terrorist
hideouts in the region.

Ten people, including six militants, were killed and
several others injured in a US drone strike in the restive
North Waziristan tribal region in northwest Pakistan.

Unmanned spy planes fired at least two missiles at a*
suspected militant hideout in Inzarkas village, located 50 km
west of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency.

The hideout targeted in the attack was almost
flattened.

"Local residents pulled 10 bodies from the rubble and
some more people are said to be injured," a source said.
Sources said six of those killed were militants while the rest
were civilians.

At least two drones were seen flying over the area
for several minutes after the strike, witnesses said.

The strike occurred in the vicinity of Datta Khel,
considered a haven for Taliban and Al Qaida elements.

Datta Khel, located near the border with Afghanistan,
is the hometown of militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.

Security forces killed 13 militants in the restive
Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said.

"Troops backed by gunship helicopters carried out an
action in Baigo Farm area of Orakzai Agency. Thirteen
militants have been killed so far," said a spokesman for the
paramilitary Frontier Corps.

PTI