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Sunday, May 23, 2010

US drone attack kills six in Pakistan

Peshawar: Unmanned drone aircraft operated by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) fired missiles into a target in Pakistan's lawless tribal region, killing six militants, security officials said Saturday.
The strike took place in Boya sub-district, some 25 km west of Miranshah, the main city in North Waziristan tribal district.

'The drones fired four missiles just before midnight at the house of a tribesman Khyali Dawar,' said an intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

'Six people died, and three were injured,' the official said.

Initially a Filipino, carrying a local name Ilyas, was said to be the target of the attack, as one Arab and four local militants also died in the attack. It was not clear if Ilyas died in the strike.

The US drones flew overhead for hours, hindering the rescue work.

There have been several occasions when drones carried out a second strike as people gathered for relief and recovery work at a site of missile attack.

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