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Twin drone strikes kill 21 militants in North Waziristan in Pakistan

Islamabad, Fri, 17 Feb 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Feb 7 (ANI): Two US drone strikes have reportedly killed at least 21 suspected militants in north-west Pakistan.


The BBC quoted Pakistani security officials as saying that the missiles struck targets in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, adding that at least five militants were killed by two missiles in the first attack. Several others were reportedly wounded, although the exact number could not be established.


A second attack in the same area, near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, killed 15 Uzbek fighters, officials said.


The area is known as a sanctuary in Pakistan for the Taliban and the al-Qaeda-linked militants.


Last week, a drone attack had hit a house in Spalga, killing at least nine people, including some Pakistani Taliban militants.


Although the US normally avoids commenting on drone operations, which have killed hundreds of people in recent years, President Barack Obama defended the use of drones last month, saying they were necessary to target militants in Pakistan's tribal areas. (ANI)


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