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US drones swamp North Waziristan with missile strikes

world Updated: Mar 17, 2010 16:30 IST

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Just a day after killing 11 Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, US drones swooped again on the Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region eliminating ten more militants.

Unmanned US predators and reapers targetted the villages of Humzoni and Datta Khel firing missiles at a vehicle being used by militants and a rebel hideout in North West Pakistan which also left scores wounded, local officials were quoted by Pak TV channels as saying.

This was the third drone attack in last 24 hours bringing the toll of terrorists killed to 21. Officials fear that it could rise higher as many people were suspected to be trapped in the debris and most of those killed are believed to be Arab fighters of Al Qaeda.

The concentrated wave of drone attacks, came as apparently the US and Pakistani intelligence suspected that a high value Al Qaeda target had been taken out in the first attacks yesterday.

After yesterday's attack, Arab fighters from Al Qaeda were seen establishing a three kilometre cordon around the strike site in Datta Khel.

"The presence of large number of Arabs indicates that a high value target may have been present", US War Journal reported.

It said, the Arab Al Qaeda fighters could be from the Black Guard, praetorians used to guard Al Qaeda's top commanders including Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri or Sheikh Saeed al Masri, the three of the world's most wanted men.

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