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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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WANA: Twenty-six persons suspected to be militants were killed in two US drone attacks in South Waziristan on Monday, tribal sources said. The sources said in the first strike, a drone hit a double cabin pickup truck in Sra Khawra area near the Shawal Valley, killing 12 people.


The sources said a group of people, believed to be militants, was on its way to the forest-covered mountainous Shawal valley when the drone started firing missiles on their vehicle. The sources said the victims included Afghan and Pakistani tribal militants.


There were reports that the militants were returning to their hideouts in Shawal Valley after attacking a military installation in Birmal area in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. The sources said the drone fired four missiles at the vehicle, killing all the 12 men on board.


Taliban sources confirmed the drone attack but did not provide further information about the death toll and identity of the victims. Another 14 suspected militants were killed and seven others sustained injuries in the second drone attack in Mantoi area of South Waziristan.


Tribal sources said the drone fired four missiles, pounding a house where a group of militants reportedly affiliated with the Hakimullah Mahsud-led TTP were residing. They said 14 militants died on the spot and seven others suffered injuries. There was no immediate information about the identity of the victims.


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