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Suspected US drone attack kills four in Pakistan
Mar 14, 2011, 12:38 GMT
Islamabad - Two missiles were fired into a car in Pakistan's western tribal region on Monday, killing four people, intelligence officials said.
The attack, thought to have been launched from a US unmanned aircraft, took place near Miranshah, the main town in the district of North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
An intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the identities of those killed were not known yet.
It was the fourth drone attack in 24 hours. Early Sunday morning, two missiles hit a vehicle in the neighbouring district of South Waziristan, but the suspected militants managed to escape the car.
Hours later six people died and five were injured when drone aircraft fired two missiles each into a building thought to be used by the Taliban and a vehicle. Intelligence officials claimed that all those killed were Islamist insurgents.
Drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency have carried out several dozen attacks since 2007 in a campaign which has intensified since mid-2008.
The government has been critical of the air raids, which have caused outrage among the population, but a general last week said that most of those killed since 2007 were Islamist insurgents.
Major General Ghyaur Mehmood also said that 171 of the total 964 militants killed were foreigners from Arab countries and Central Asia. Foreign fighters are often linked with fundamentalist group al-Qaeda.
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