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Wednesday, August 10,2011

US missile strike kills 20 in northwest Pakistan

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service

ISLAMABAD — A U.S. unmanned drone aircraft Wednesday targeted a compound in Pakistan's northwest tribal region along the Afghan border, killing 20 suspected militants, intelligence officials said.

The pre-dawn strike took place near Miransha, the main town in North Waziristan, one of the tribal districts used as hideouts by al-QaIda and Taliban rebels.

"Locals have pulled 20 bodies from the debris of the house that was demolished by the drone strike," an intelligence official who requested anonymity said.

Another intelligence official who also spoke on condition of anonymity said that "all the killed were associated with the Haqqani group."

The militant group led by Jalaluddin Haqqani carries out attacks against NATO and Afghan forces across the border from their bases in North Waziristan.


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