US dron attack in South Waziristan: Officials

By Admin - Thu Jun 18, 11:07 am

news_dron_1PESHAWAR ( 2009-06-18 14:34:45 ) :A suspected US missile strike killed seven people in South Waziristan on Thursday, where the military is poised to attack a feared Taliban commander, officials said.

The attack hit 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the main town of Wana in South Waziristan.

“Seven people were killed in the attack,” said a local intelligence official who did not want to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

“I cannot say whether there was any important commander among those killed, but we have reports that seven militants were killed in the attack.”

A senior tribal administrative official based in Peshawar said the target appeared to be a training camp run by a local Taliban commander named Wali, also known as Malang.

“According to my information, more than one drone fired four missiles at a camp of Taliban commander Malang,” the official said.

Military said Tuesday that the government had ordered an offensive into the tribal belt along the Afghan border to attack Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and his network.

Targeted strikes have been reported in South Waziristan and other tribal regions, although a full-fledged offensive does not appear to have begun.

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