Pak: 8 suspected militants killed in drone attacks

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 00:26

Islamabad: The US on Thursday stepped up its
campaign targeting al Qaeda and Taliban militants in
Pakistan`s restive northwestern tribal region as missiles from
CIA-operated drones killed eight suspected insurgents.

The latest attacks by American unmanned spy planes came a
week after a drone strike killed Badar Mansoor, a top leader
of al Qaeda in Pakistan who had earlier fought in Jammu and
Kashmir.

A US drone targeted a car in North Waziristan tribal
region today, killing two suspected militants hours after six
suspected rebels died in another attack by an unmanned spy
plane.

The drone fired two missiles at the car near Miranshah,
the main town of the region.

This was the second drone attack in eight hours, local
residents said.

In the earlier attack, a drone fired two missiles into a
house in Spalgai area, 12-km from Miranshah. Six suspected
militants were killed and seven others were injured in the
missile strike.

The house was destroyed, local residents said.
Members of the local Taliban faction were the target of
the attack, they said.

At least 10 suspected militants were killed when a US
drone targeted the Spalga area on February 9.

The area is dominated by the militant faction led by
commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose fighters target foreign
forces across the border in Afghanistan.

Following today`s strikes, there have been eight drone
attacks this year.

The US resumed drone strikes in Pakistan`s tribal belt in
January after a two-month lull following a cross-border NATO
air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 00:26

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