41 killed in US drone attacks in northwest Pak
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Peshawar, Mar 17: At least 41 people were killed when US drones targeted a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, though there were conflicting accounts about the identity of those who died.
Security officials said those killed in the attack at Datta Khel – located 25 km west of Miranshah, one of the main towns in North Waziristan Agency – were suspected militants linked to the network of Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
Local residents said the CIA-operated spy planes four to six missiles at a gathering of members of the Madda Khel tribe.
The tribesmen were participating in a jirga or council to resolve a dispute over the ownership of minerals in the mountains of North Waziristan, the residents told journalists.
At least 15 others were injured in the attack, one of the deadliest carried out by US drones in Pakistan's tribal belt. A tribal elder said six elders and some children were among the dead. Local residents said the drones continued hovering over the area after the attack.
Tribesmen said the jirga had been organised to resolve differences over the payment made by a man for the sale of chromite mine by the Madda Khel tribe.
This was the third attack in North Waziristan Agency in four days and the 23rd missile strike this year.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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