U.S. drone attack in Pakistan kills 13 militants, 7 civilians

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


U.S. drone attack kills 13 militants, 7 civilians

Missiles fired from a U.S. drone aircraft killed 13 militants and seven civilians in Pakistan's North Waziristan region Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

They said the missiles were fired at a militant hideout. Most of the militants killed were members of the Afghan Taliban, the officials said, but four women and three children were also among the dead.

"The missiles hit a militant compound and a house adjacent to it. We have confirmed reports of 20 dead," said one of the intelligence officials.

Another official said members of the al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network -- one of the most effective militant forces fighting Western troops in Afghanistan -- had been using the compound.

The United States has been pressing ally Pakistan to crack down hard on Afghan Taliban militants who cross the border to Afghanistan to attack U.S.-led NATO forces.

U.S. officials say the pilotless aircraft are a highly effective weapon against militant groups. But civilian casualties in the strikes have angered Pakistanis.

-- Reuters


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