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US airstrike in Waziristan tribal area kill 4 suspected militants

By Ghanizada - Fri Feb 08 2013, 10:14 pm

US airstrikes in Waziristan tribal area kill 4 suspected militantsAccording to Pakistani intelligence sources, at least four suspected militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the Babar Ghar area on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency.

Sources further added, at least two missiles were fired on a house which left four people, believed to be militants, dead. Two others were also injured.

The area is inhibited by the Hakimullah Mehsud-led TTP fighters and also foreigners but the identity of the suspected militants could not be ascertained yet.

This comes as Pakistan is holding talks with the United States to end drone strikes against suspected Taliban fighters, which sometimes also kill civilians, a senior Pakistani official has said.

The attacks, which are operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), have strained Pakistan’s relations with the US. Pakistan says the attacks violate its sovereignty.

According to Jalil Abbas Jilani, the administrative head of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan have killed 1,900 to 3,000 people. Some 80 percent of the victims were suspected al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

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