US drone attack kills 20 in northwestern Pakistan

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US DRONE STRIKEIslamabad, Jul 16 (PTI): At least 20 suspected militants were killed today in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan tribal region, where the military is mounting a major offensive to clear the area of the Taliban bases.

The unmanned aircraft targeted a suspected hideout of militants in Datakhel area of the district.

A security official said that four missiles were fired from the drone which destroyed a compound.

“Initial reports show that 18 militants were killed. The identity of those killed is not known as yet,” he said.

It was the second drone attack within a week, after seven militants were killed in a similar strike in the same area on July 10.

Pakistan first said that it was not aware of the attack but later condemned it, showing its tight policy position vis-a-vis drone campaign, as they target the same rebel Pakistan army is trying to wipe out.

The country terms these attacks as violation of its sovereignty.

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