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Suspected U.S. Missile Strike Kills 10 in Pakistan
Suspected U.S. missile strike kills 10 in Pakistan
From Reza Sayah | CNN
Ten people were killed Friday evening in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's tribal region, said a local political official and two military sources.
The suspected strike would be the first since President Obama took office Tuesday.
The attack happened about 5:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m. ET) in a village near Mir Ali, North Waziristan, said Nasim Dawar, the local official.
North Waziristan is one of seven districts in Pakistan's ungoverned tribal region along the Afghan border, where the Taliban and other militants have set up a haven.
The region has seen a spike in the number of aerial attacks by unmanned drones on what are believed to be Taliban targets.
The United States has the only military with such capabilities in the area. In 2008, there were 30 suspected U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan, based on a CNN count.
On New Year's Day, two top al Qaeda terrorists were killed by a U.S. missile strike against a building in northern Pakistan, according to two senior U.S. officials.
The men, both Kenyans, were on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, one of the officials said, and were believed to have been responsible for the September suicide bombing at a hotel in Islamabad.
Although the United States said the strikes have killed some senior al Qaeda officials, the Pakistani government has condemned them, calling them a violation of its sovereignty, and has asked the U.S. military to stop.