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13 Taliban militants killed in US drone strike in Pak

world Updated: Aug 15, 2010 13:01 IST

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At least 13 Taliban militants, including a key commander, were killed and six others injured when a US drone struck a compound in Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan tribal region, officials said on Sunday.

The drone fired two missiles at the 'hujra' or guesthouse of a tribesman's compound in Eisori village near Mirali, a town in North Waziristan tribal agency, late last night, they said.

Taliban commander Amir Moaviya was among the 13 militants killed in the attack, sources told the news agency.

This was the first US drone attack in the month of August.

Recent reports had suggested that the US had halted drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt following the unprecedented floods across the country as it feared the attacks could increase anti-American feelings.

The US has carried out scores of drone attacks in the tribal belt since a suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban killed seven CIA operatives at a forward base in Khost province of Afghanistan in December 2009.