Missile strike kills six in Pakistan’s tribal region

July 28th, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban
Islamabad, July 28 (DPA) A missile strike Monday on a suspected Taliban hideout in the tribal region in Pakistan’s northwest killed at least six people, officials said. The predawn attack targeted a house in a village near the Azam Warsak area of the South Waziristan district bordering Afghanistan.

At least three people were also injured in the strike that destroyed the building, local administration officials said on condition of anonymity.

No comment was available from military officials.

According to television news channels, the building hit was a religious seminary with residential facilities. However, there was no mention of the identities of those killed.

Drones used by US forces in Afghanistan were also flying over the area just before the strike, the English-language Dawn News channel quoted residents as saying.

Pakistan’s tribal areas are believed to be sanctuaries for Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters staging cross-border attacks on international forces and Afghan government troops.

Islamabad is under growing pressure from the US and other coalition partners to prevent the infiltration, which has reportedly increased since the new Pakistani government launched peace talks with militants earlier this year.

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