US missile attacks kill 20 in Pakistan (Lead)

January 24th, 2009 - 1:34 am ICT by IANS  

Wana (Pakistan), Jan 23 (IANS) Twenty people, including foreigners, were killed and several others injured in two separate US missile attacks Friday in Pakistan’s North and South Waziristan regions bordering Afghanistan, Geo TV reported.Ten people were killed when missiles fired from a pilotless US aircraft (drone) hit a house in Wana area in South Waziristan, the report said.

Four foreigners were also killed in the attack, it said.

In another incident early Friday, 10 people were killed and many others injured when missiles fired from a US drone hit a house in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan. The injured have been rushed to hospital, the report said.

These were the first suspected US missile strikes in the Pakistani territory since US President Barack Obama was inaugurated Jan 20 and comes one day after he appointed Richard Holbrooke as special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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