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4 Pakistanis Killed by US Drone Air Strikes on Waziristan

U.S. drones kill four (alleged Taliban fighters) in Pakistan's Waziristan

By Haji Mujtaba | Reuters

Tue, Jul 5, 2011

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) -

Two U.S. drone aircraft fired three missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing at least four (alleged Taliban fighters), Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The drone strike took place in Mir Ali town, 24 km (15 miles) east of the region's main town of Miranshah.

"The house has been completely destroyed. The (alleged Taliban fighters) have cordoned off the area and are removing bodies from rubble," a local intelligence official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters adding that four militants were killed in the strike.

It was not possible to verify the deaths independently.

U.S. forces have intensified strikes by remotely-controlled drones in Pakistan's border regions since the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in the country on May 2.

Eighty-eight (alleged Taliban fighters) were killed by U.S. drones in June, according to a Reuters tally based on statements from intelligence officials.

Pakistan publicly opposes drone attacks, saying they complicate its efforts to fight militants who want to topple the pro-U.S. government and impose strict Islamic rule in the country.

(Reporting by Haji Mujtaba; Writing by Kamran Haider)

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