U.S. strike kills 8 in Pakistan tribal area

By Rasool Dawar
Saturday, January 1, 2011

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - A U.S. missile strike killed eight alleged militants in northwest Pakistan on Friday, the final day of a year that saw a major escalation in drone attacks targeting insurgents flowing into neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Four missiles struck a convoy of alleged militants traveling by car and on foot near the town of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan, a tribal area along the Afghan border, according to the two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Ghulam Khan is known to be dominated by fighters from a militant group headed by Maulvi Gul Bahadur.

It was the third day this week of missile attacks on North Waziristan, part of a ramped-up U.S. campaign to target al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters seeking sanctuary outside Afghanistan.

More than 110 such missile strikes were launched last year, more than double 2009's total. Nearly all hit North Waziristan, a region that hosts several groups battling U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

- Associated Press

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