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US drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan: officials

world Updated: Sep 25, 2009 10:24 IST

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A US drone attack has killed 10 militants from a network fighting Western troops in Afghanistan at their compound in Pakistan's tribal belt, officials said.

The strike from a suspected US spy plane yesterday was the fourth this month in North Waziristan, where militants linked to Taliban and Al-Qaeda who are fighting against 100,000 US and NATO troops in Afghanistan are said to be hiding.

"Ten dead bodies were recovered from the debris of the house and two militants were wounded in the attack," a Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

Another official and residents confirmed the same toll, but one official in the semi-autonomous North Waziristan district said seven people were killed.

"The target was a compound of Haqqani's men. According to our reports all of the dead belong to the Haqqani network," the Pakistani official said.

The Haqqani network is a powerful group based in northwest Pakistan closely linked to Al-Qaeda and known for its ruthless and sophisticated attacks, including an assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008.

"One missile fired by a US drone hit the house of Afghan national Ahmad Afghani," said a Pakistani security official.