Drone strikes reported in northwest Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say US conducted strikes in remote North Waziristan region, killing seven fighters.

    US drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan and the government is officially against them [Reuters]
    US drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan and the government is officially against them [Reuters]

    Two suspected US drones have fired missiles at suspected hideouts of armed groups in northwest Pakistan, killing at least seven fighters, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.

    The attacks took place in the same area where the Pakistani army has been mounting an air-and-ground operation against Pakistani Taliban fighters, officials said.

    Areas along Pakistan's porous border with Afghanistan are home to a range of domestic and foreign fighters.

    The authorities have been under pressure to do more to eliminate the fighters who cross into Afghanistan and stage attacks there.

    On Friday, intelligence official said both of the latest air strikes occurred in Pakistan's remote North Waziristan region.

    Pakistan has stepped up operations against the Taliban in response to a December 16 school massacre in which more than 130 children were killed.

    However, the details of Pakistani efforts cannot be confirmed by as independent journalists are not allowed in North Waziristan.

    US drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan and the government is officially against them.

    The US does not publicly comment on the country’s drone policy in Pakistan.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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