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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