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Drone attack kills five in Pakistan

Five people have been killed in north-west Pakistan in the latest in a barrage of US drone attacks against al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the region, local intelligence officials said.

Four American missiles were fired at a house in North Waziristan - an area that has seen the overwhelming majority of attacks over the last two months - on Monday, said the officials. The identities of those killed was not immediately known.

There have now been at least 21 suspected US missile strikes in Pakistan this month. The attacks are carried out by unmanned drones that fly over the region for hours and equipped with extremely high-powered video cameras.

North Waziristan is home to hundreds of Pakistani and foreign militants, many belonging to or allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban.

The region also hosts the Haqqani network, a powerful insurgent group that US officials say is behind many of the attacks on US and NATO forces just across the border in Afghanistan.

Also in north-west Pakistan, four militants stormed a police complex, killing two officers, and gunmen attacked tankers carrying fuel for NATO and US troops just across the border in Afghanistan, wounding a driver and his assistant, police said.

The militants attacked the police complex in the town of Swabi, said officer Abdullah Khan. The attack triggered a gun battle in which two officers and two insurgents were killed, he said, adding that one of the attackers was wearing a suicide belt.

Gunmen opened fire on the tankers carrying fuel for NATO and US troops in Afghanistan, wounding a driver and his assistant, said police officer Nisar Khan.

The attack happened close to the main city of Peshawar, he said.


From Belfast Telegraph