US drone attacks kill 16 militants in Pakistan
Last Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 00:49
Islamabad: US drones on Wednesday fired a salvo of missiles at a compound in the restive South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan, killing at least 16 Taliban militants, officials said.

The drones targeted a compound in Sararogha sub-division of South Waziristan Agency, officials of the local political administration told the media.

About six missiles were fired at a compound, killing 16 people. Sources in the area said that the number of casualties is expected to rise. The officials said most of the dead were Pakistani Taliban fighters.

Local residents said the number of casualties was expected to rise. The strike came a day after a missile attack near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, killed six suspected militants.

The CIA-operated spy planes have carried out hundreds of missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt over the past four years. There have been over 60 drone attacks this year. The attacks were scaled up after President Barack Obama came to power.

Local officials said that the territory belongs to the Mehsud tribe. The official added that about 25 TTP militants were reported to have been hiding in the area.

Taliban sources confirmed that there were two militant training centers in the area run by Abdul Nasir and Abdul Mukhlis.

TTP has a strong hold in the Saktoi area which is located between South Waziristan and North Waziristan and has hardly any link or communication from outside.


First Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:57

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