US missiles kill 16 insurgents in NW Pakistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 24, 2010 19:15

ISLAMABAD  — US missiles hit a suspected militant hide-out, killing 16 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn Saturday, intelligence officials said.

The strike came as the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, met with top military officials in Pakistan, a key US ally in the battle against Islamist extremists.

The six missiles struck a compound in the Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan. The hide-out was known to be frequented by foreign fighters who were among the dead, two intelligence officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to go on the record, said agents were trying to get more details about the identities and nationalities of the dead.


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