U.S. drone attack kills eight in Pakistan: Officials

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    U.S. drone attack kills eight in Pakistan: Officials
    PAKISTAN - 12 MAY 2011

    PESHAWAR: A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in North Waziristan on Thursday, killing at least eight suspected militants, local security officials said.

    “A US drone fired two missiles on a militants’ vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan,” one security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    Another local official confirmed the strike and the toll, saying: “The target was a pick-up van.”

    “At least four drones are still flying over the area,” said one of the officials, who declined to be identified.

    Intelligence reports from the area, which were not confirmed by more senior officials, put the death toll as high as eight and said the dead included “foreigners” — a euphemism for Afghan Taliban, Uzbek militants or al Qaeda.

    On Tuesday, a similar strike killed four militants near Angoor Adda village in the neighbouring district of South Waziristan and last Friday eight suspected militants were reported killed by US missiles in North Waziristan.

    The US strikes doubled last year, with more than 100 drone strikes killing over 670 people, according to an AFP tally, and the CIA has said the covert programme has severely disrupted al Qaeda’s leadership.

    Source: AFP

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