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Deaths in Pakistan missile strike
Training camp reportedly run by Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud targeted, killing 16 people.
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2009 06:39 GMT
Tuesday's missile attack was the fourth against the Pakistani Taliban leader Mehsud in two weeks

At least 16 people have been killed in a suspected US missile strike on a training camp run by Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader, in South Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, intelligence officials say.

Five foreigners were among the dead in the attack on Tuesday, which were believed to be carried by unmanned US aircraft, the officials said.

Top Arab leaders of the al-Qaeda network are believed to be hiding in the region, as well as scores of fighters from nearby countries, especially Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

Two missiles hit the camp in Jangara, a village close to Makeen, the hometown of Mehsud, four officials told The Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to media.

One official said communication intercepts indicated that fighters were now telling one another to move to safe places because there were more drones in the sky and there could be more attacks.

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The officials said Mehsud was not among the victims.

The US is thought to have launched more than 40 missiles against targets in the border area since last August, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Washington does not directly acknowledge being responsible for launching the missiles, which kill civilians as well as armed groups and contribute to anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

Tuesday's attack was the fourth in two weeks against Mehsud and his followers in his stronghold of South Waziristan.

One attack on the funeral of a dead fighter killed up to 80 people.

Pakistan's army is deploying troops in South Waziristan and launching regular air strikes of its own to try and kill or capture Mehsud, who is blamed for organising many of the suicide attacks in Pakistan over the last few years.

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