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Missile strike on Pak seminary kills 13

world Updated: Feb 28, 2008 12:36 IST

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A missile strike early on Thursday on a religious seminary and a house in Pakistan's troubled South Waziristan tribal region killed at least 13 people and injured several others.



The missile hit a

madrassa

and a house in the Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan at 2 am when the seminary's students were asleep, local residents and officials said. The powerful explosion shook the entire area.



Local officials confirmed to Dawn News channel that 13 people had died in the attack that occurred in a village located about 15 km from Wana, the headquarters of the tribal agency.



The officials said 10 of the dead were Arabs and the rest were from Pakistan's Punjab province. Local residents said they believed the missile could have been fired from a drone or pilotless aircraft they had heard flying over the area shortly before the attack.



Local people said three missiles were fired in the strike but officials said only one missile had hit the seminary. There were reports that up to 11 people were injured in the attack.



It was not immediately clear whether the missile was fired by US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan or by Pakistani forces.



The missile strike comes at a time when local militants in South Waziristan led by Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud have called a unilateral ceasefire in the region. The attacks shattered the relative calm that has prevailed in the region in the past few days.



Top Al-Qaida commander Abu Laith al-Libi was killed last month in a missile strike in North Waziristan that was believed to have been carried out by a US pilotless plane operating from Afghanistan.