US drone attack in Pak kills five Taliban militants

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 22:39

Peshawar: A US drone targeting a militant
position in the volatile South Waziristan tribal region of
northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killed five suspected Taliban rebels
and injured seven.

The drone fired two missiles at a home in Azam Warsak
area of South Waziristan Agency, officials said. Five
suspected Taliban rebels were killed and seven injured in the
attack.
Details of those killed and injured were not
immediately available.
Local residents said drones continued hovering over
the area after the missile strike.

This was the first drone strike in Pakistan`s tribal
belt since February 24, when four suspected militants were
killed by a pilotless plane in the restive North Waziristan
Agency.
The CIA resumed drone strikes in the tribal belt in
February after a lull of almost a month in the wake of the
arrest of suspected security contractor Raymond Davis in
Lahore.

There has been speculation that the US had put drone
strikes on hold to curb rising anti-American sentiments in
Pakistan as it worked for the release of Davis.

Davis was arrested in Lahore on January 27 after he
shot and killed two armed men.

The last strike before Davis` arrest was carried out
on January 23.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 22:39

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