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US missile strike kills 13 in Pak as Holbrooke visits

A suspected US missile strike killed 13 people on Saturday in Pakistan’s tribal region where several militant outfits plot attacks on Western troops across the border in Afghanistan,officials said....

Written by Associated Press | Mir Ali |
June 20, 2010 2:12:27 am

A suspected US missile strike killed 13 people on Saturday in Pakistan’s tribal region where several militant outfits plot attacks on Western troops across the border in Afghanistan,officials said. A roadside bomb aimed at police elsewhere in the country’s volatile northwest killed a civilian and wounded eight people.

The attacks came as US special envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad,the latest in a series of visits aimed at shoring up Pakistani support for the American effort in Afghanistan.

The missile,apparently fired from an unmanned drone,struck a house in Haider Khel village near North Waziristan’s Mir Ali town,said two intelligence officials.

Local government official Noor Mohammad said at least 13 people had been killed,while the intelligence officials said some foreigners were among the dead. Their exact identities and nationalities were not immediately clear.

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During a news conference on Saturday,Holbrooke said Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terror network had been severely degraded in recent years. But he declined to lay blame for the failure to find Osama or Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The two are “still at large,but they are under an intense pressure”,Holbrooke said. He praised Pakistan’s efforts in fighting militancy and acknowledged the lives the country has lost in the fight.

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