Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pakistan drone attack kills 10 in North Waziristan

Ten militants died when missiles fired by a suspected US drone hit a house in north-western Pakistan, local security officials say. They said the raid targeted a militant hideout in Shawal district in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.

It is the 10th drone strike this month in the region, a stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The attacks have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-American sentiment in Pakistan.

Pakistan publicly objects to the strikes but analysts believe they have the private backing of officials.

The American military does not routinely confirm drone operations, but analysts say the US is the only force capable of deploying such aircraft in the region.

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