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US drone kills 15 Taliban militants, 28 held by Pak forces

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 21:20

Islamabad: Stepping up their hunt for
Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists, two US drones today targeted
militant compounds killing 15 Taliban extremists in the
country`s lawless northwest, as Pakistani forces captured 28
militants, including two commanders.

"Missiles from a US drone hit a house of a local
Taliban commander Irfan Mehsud killing 12 militants and
wounding another eight," local officials were quoted by `ARY`
TV channel as saying.

This was the fifth major strike by US drones on South
Waziristan region this month in a covert operation that top US
officials are considering intensifying.

It was not immediately clear if Irfan was among those
killed in the strike in the house in Sararogha area. The
commander was a close associate of slain Pakistan Taliban
chief Baitullah Mehsud.

The local officials said two missiles hit the compound
and the causalities included foreign militants, including
Uzbeks. US drones also continuously overflew both the South
and North Waziristan for the whole day creating panic in the
area, the channel said.

In the evening, three persons, believed to be Afghans,
were killed in a fresh drone attack in Dandy Darpha Khel in
north Waziristan.

Three persons were killed and as many injured in the
attack in Darpha Khel, which is near Miran Shah, the main twon
in north Waziristan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 21:20
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