US drones kill six in South Waziristan

October 16th, 2008 - 7:36 pm ICT by ANI  


Islamabad, Oct.16 (ANI): Suspected US drones have fired two missiles at a village in Ladha area of South Waziristan and allegedly killed six people, reports from Pakistans WANA region said on Thursday.
The News quoted sources as saying that the missiles struck a house in Sam village, and they added that the death toll could rise.
Ladha is said to be the stronghold of chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud.
The area has been targeted for the first time by US drones.
According to the BBC, the drones may have been targeting a group of Uzbek militants.
There have been a series of US drone attacks inside Pakistani territory along the border with Afghanistan in recent weeks.
Residents in South Waziristan claim that spy drones continue to circle over the area of the missile strike and there are fears that more attacks could take place in the near future.
Washington however claims that the drones are used against militant targets only, but reports say that intelligence failures often lead to civilian casualties. (ANI)

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