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9 militants killed in US drone attack

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 20:30 IST

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At least nine militants, including five foreigners were killed and several others injured when a US drone fired four missiles in Pakistan's restive Waziristan region, targeting the dreaded Taliban commander Malang Nazir.

Three missiles struck a seminary or madrassa and a residential compound at Shah Alam, located about 15 km from Wana, the main town in South Waziristan Agency. Another missile hit a militant training centre at Raghzai.

American drones fired missiles hitting a Taliban training centre run by Nazir, close to the villages of Gharmalai and Nandaran, near Wana killing nine terrorists, TV channels quoted top local officials as saying.

Among those killed were four Taliban fighters and five foreigners, two Arabs and three from Turkmenistan. But it was not immediately known whether Malang was among the victims, TV channels quoted top local officials as saying. The American drone attack--the second in last three days - came as Pakistani Army continued to mass troops and armour for an offensive targeted against Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, expected to be unleashed any time. Local residents said the drone struck at two different places, including a base of Pakistani Taliban commander Wali alias Malang Nazir.

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