Drone attack kills 8 in NW Pakistan

10:16, May 16, 2010      

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A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles on alleged militant targets in northwest Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Saturday killing at least eight people.

Pakistani Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told Xinhua that at least eight people were killed in the attack.

However, local sources said that 13 people were killed and several others injured in the attack. The identities of the dead have not been known.

Local residents told Xinhua that five to six blasts were heard in the area and believed that it was a drone attack. Some eyewitnesses said that a spy plane was seen in the sky before the attack.

Athar Abbas said that it was not yet ascertained whether it was a drone attack or not.

"We have reports that certain vehicles were targeted," he said, adding that no operation in the area was going on at present.

Officials said if proved true this would be the first such attack in the Khyber area bordering Afghanistan and close to the main northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The U.S. drones frequently hit militants in the lawless Pakistani tribal regions, seen as hideouts of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.

Source: Xinhua


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