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- Mar 7, 2009
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/pakistan/nwfp/seven-killed-in-drone-attack-in-lower-kurram-agency--ilPARACHINAR: A suspected US drone targeted a militant hideout in Berju area of Central Kurram tribal region on Thursday evening, officials said. According to latest figures from AFP, 24 people have been killed in the attack and another 50 injured.
Local people said that missiles hit suspected hideouts in Berju, some 80 kilometers east of Parachinar city. The area, they said, was a hub of local and foreign militants. Sources said that local people had started an operation to retrieve bodies and rescue the wounded.
Political Agent Arshad Majeed told Dawn in Parachinar, the regional headquarters, that four to five missiles were fired in the Central Khurram area.
Local administration officials also confirmed that 24 bodies were recovered from the rubble having earlier said that 18 dead had been found.
A senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity that 50 others, mostly militants, were injured and the dead included ‘foreigners.’
No high-value targets were believed to have died, the official added.
Another security official said most of the dead were Afghan Taliban.
‘The training centre was run by local Taliban commander Fazal Saeed and training was underway at the time of the strike,’ the official added.
Taliban militants sealed off the area after the strike late Thursday.
This was the second drone attack in Kurram tribal region. Two missiles were fired at a suspected compound in Ahmadi Shama village in Lower Kurram on February 16 which resulted in 30 casualties.
Militants have sufficient concentration in lower and central Kurram which has been encircled by Afghanistan from three sides. Residents said that spy planes were hovering over the area and believed that missiles were fired from a drone.