Pakistani officials: Suspected US missiles kill 16

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone attack in Northwestern Pakistan has killed 16 alleged militants.

The officials say four missiles were fired at two compounds in the South Waziristan tribal area, near the Afghan border. The area is a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban.

Officials say the two compounds were hit about 20 minutes apart.

The U.S. does not acknowledge the CIA-run drone program in Pakistan publicly, but officials have said privately that the strikes have killed many senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

The Obama administration has ramped up the number of drone strikes in Pakistan's rugged tribal region in the past few years. Most of the strikes have targeted al-Qaida militants or Afghan Taliban insurgents battling U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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