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.

PTI

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