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Up to 15 killed in US missile attack, Pakistan says


Up to 15 Taliban died and several were injured overnight in a US missile strike in Pakistan’s tribal region and clashes with troops in the neighboring southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said yesterday.

A US military drone fired two missiles late on Friday on a Taliban communication center in the South Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold of top militant commander Baitullah Mehsud.

“We have received information that five Taliban died in the missile strikes and several others were wounded while the building was demolished,” said an intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The US military has carried out more than 40 drone attacks this year in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region on suspected dens of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters who launch cross-border attacks on international troops in Afghanistan.

Most of the recent attacks have targeted Mehsud’s position in South Waziristan. He carries a US$5 million bounty on his head as a key al-Qaeda facilitator.

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