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US missiles kill 3 in northwestern Pakistan

A US missile strike killed at least three militants in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border before dawn today, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2011 08:57 IST

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Hindustantimes
         

A US missile strike killed at least three militants in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border before dawn on Saturday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Some suspects were also wounded when four missiles struck a compound near the Angore Adda border town in South Waziristan, the officials said.

They said those killed and wounded were the fighters of Maulvi Nazir, a Pakistani militant commander who is accused of working with Taliban and al Qaeda to direct cross-border attacks.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media on record.

Since 2008, Washington has regularly used drone-fired missiles to target insurgents and their hideouts in Pakistani tribal regions where local and Afghan factions like the Haqqanis and al-Qaida men are hiding.

US officials do not acknowledge the CIA-led program publicly.

Pakistan protests the strikes, which are unpopular in this Islamic nation.

The latest strike came a day after the drone-fired US missiles killed four people in the North Waziristan tribal region. The identities of the victims were not known, according to officials.

On Thursday, a missile attack in North Waziristan had killed Janbaz Zadran, a man about whom US officials say he was a top commander in the Haqqani network and had helped orchestrate attacks in Kabul and southeastern Afghanistan.

First Published: Oct 15, 2011 10:41 IST