Thursday, October 11, 2012
US drone-fired missiles kill 10 militants in northwestern Pakistan
PARACHINAR, Pakistan — U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound of a Pakistani militant commander in a northwestern tribal region today, killing 10 militants, while a pair of bombings in another part of the country killed 10 civilians and three security personnel, officials said.
A government administrator in Orakzai region, Salim Khan, said 15 insurgents were also wounded in the drone attack near Biland village bordering the North Waziristan tribal region. Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead and wounded men were fighters loyal to militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is based in North Waziristan.
Although U.S. authorities often target militant hideouts in the country’s North and South Waziristan tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, such strikes in other tribal regions like Orakzai are rare.
The U.S. rarely discusses the unmanned drone strikes, which are part of a covert CIA program