Pakistan: 11 terrorists killed in suspected US drone attack

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October 14, 2010 05:00
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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Suspected US unmanned aircraft launched four missile strikes at a house and two vehicles in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing 11 terrorists, including three foreigners, said intelligence officials.

The attacks Wednesday evening occurred within about an hour in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, part of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region that is dominated by insurgent groups that often attack US and other foreign troops in Afghanistan.The first attack occurred at about 9 p.m. and targeted a house in Lataka village, killing four terrorists, said the intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Minutes later, a drone attacked a vehicle nearby, killing two foreign militants, said the officials. A second vehicle was attacked about 15 minutes later, killing three militants, including one foreigner, they said.



The final attack targeted militants collecting bodies from the house destroyed in the first strike, killing two of them, said the officials.

The US is now suspected of carrying out 14 missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt this month, continuing a trend of Washington relying more heavily on the attacks to target insurgents out of reach its troops in Afghanistan. The US carried out 21 such strikes in September, nearly double the previous monthly record.

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