Suspected US missiles kill 15 militants in Pakistan

June 15, 2011 19:22


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WANA, Pakistan - Missile strikes by suspected US drone aircraft killed 15 militants in Pakistan's restive Waziristan region on Wednesday, intelligence officials said, in an operation bound to deepen tensions in the region.

Intelligence officials and residents in South Waziristan said two missiles hit a compound belonging to a group headed by Maulvi Nazir that crosses the Afghan border to attack US troops in Afghanistan.

"There was a huge blast and we can see smoke rising from the compound," said a witness in Wana, South Waziristan's main town.

Seven militants were killed in the compound, a local intelligence official said. Missiles hit a vehicle used by militants in the same area, killing three.

Hours later, a drone aircraft fired four missiles at a militants' vehicle in neighbouring North Waziristan, killing at least five militants, local officials said.

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