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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Missiles from drone kill six in Pakistan

A suspected US drone strike on a Taliban compound in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan killed at least six militants yesterday.

Missiles fired from the unmanned aircraft hit the compound of a suspected Taliban commander in the village of Kund Ghar in the North Waziristan tribal region.

It was the second strike in less than 24 hours. In the earlier attack, two missiles struck a compound in Mangrothi village, killing four militants.

The military launched a major offensive in June in North Waziristan, a rugged tribal area that has long been home to local and foreign militants, including al-Qaida.

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Officials said the targeted militants had fled to Shawal from other parts of the region.

The US has long pressed Pakistan to do more to combat militants in the tribal regions, who carry out attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Kabul and Islamabad have long accused each other of turning a blind eye to militant groups operating along the rugged, porous border.

US drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, where they are seen as a violation of national sovereignty that too often results in the killing and wounding of civilians.

President Barack Obama has defended the use of drone strikes as a way to target militants who threaten the US from areas where local governments cannot act against them.

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