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16 militants killed in US drone attack in northwest Pak

Unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Wednesday,killing 16 suspected militants

Written by Associated Press | Peshawar |
July 4, 2013 1:34:26 am

Unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Wednesday,killing 16 suspected militants,Pakistani intelligence officials said. The drone strike elicited a swift condemnation by the Pakistani government,which released a statement saying the strikes are a violation of its sovereignty.

The attack in the Sarai Darpa Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region also wounded two suspected militants,said the officials.

The suspected militants who were targeted were believed to be from the Afghan Haqqani network.

“The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive,entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Wednesday.

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Elsewhere in northwest Pakistan,militants attacked a police post before dawn Wednesday and killed six policemen,said a local government administrator,Habibullah Khan. Ten policemen were wounded in the attack about 25 km from Peshawar. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and denied that any militants were killed.

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