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Deaths in Pakistan drone attack
At least 10 people are killed in US drone attack on tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2009 19:09 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed after a suspected US drone fired missiles into Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, Pakistani intelligence has said.

The attack late on Tuesday targeted a Taliban residential compound in Dargamandi village in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

It was not immediately clear whether any Taliban fighters were present in the area at the time.

The United States has fired scores of missiles from unmanned drones into the tribal regions since last year in a campaign targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders.

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reporting from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, said: "No one is clear under what mandate the Americans are carrying out such strikes because this is the month of Ramadan and there is going to be a considerable backlash not just in those areas, but from across Pakistan.

"People are angered by the way the Americans are conducting their affairs in this particular conflict . This is an infringement of sovereignty.

"Aircraft with no pilots onboard are constantly flying into Pakistani aerospace and attacking targets within Pakistan  ... it creates a very complex situation for the Pakistani military itself.

"The signal the Pakistanis want to send across is that they want to be able to work within their territory without outside interference."

Tuesday's attack was the second in the North Waziristan tribal region in less than 24 hours.

A similar strike targeting a madrassa (Islamic school) and an adjoining house in Machikhel village killed at least five people on Monday.

Residents on Tuesday said they had seen the drone hovering in  the sky and had been expecting the missile attack.

Washington alleges Al-Qaeda and Taliban rebels who fled  Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion are holed up in the  semi-autonomous tribal belt.

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Al Jazeera and agencies
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