Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Former CIA agent: Women terrorists are 'probably the wave of the future'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The first debate featured an unprepared man repeatedly shouting over a highly prepared woman'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Who won the debate?'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Markets hand debate victory to Clinton

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Anticipating the debate

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Abubakar Shekau says he is still leading Boko Haram

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peace at last? Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic agreement (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peace at last? Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic agreement (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Mykki Blanco, Van Morrison & The Weeknd’s duo with Daft Punk

Read more

Asia-pacific

Suspected US missile strike kills at least eight

Latest update : 2009-04-04

At least eight people were killed in a suspected US missile strike in a Pakistani tribal region and al Qaeda stronghold near the Afghan border, local security officials and residents said.

Reuters - A pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 8 people including some foreign militants, security officials and residents said.

The attack was in the North Waziristan region, a stronghold of al Qaeda and Taliban militants on the Afghan border, in an area 35 km (20 miles) west of the region's main town of Miranshah at about 3 a.m. (2200 GMT on Friday), they said.

"The missile hit a house where some guests were staying," one intelligence agency official said, referring to foreign militants.

"We have information that 13 people were killed including some guests," said the official, who declined to be identified.

One resident, Amir Shah, said drones were still flying over the area several hours after the attack.

Many al Qaeda and Taliban militants fled to northwestern Pakistani border regions such as North Waziristan after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in Afghanistan in late 2001.

From the remote ethnic Pashtun tribal lands that have never been governed by any Pakistani government, the militants have orchestrated the Afghan war and plotted violence beyond.

With the Afghan insurgency intensifying, the United States began launching more drone attacks on the Pakistani side of the border last year.

Since then, about 35 U.S. strikes have killed about 350 people, including mid-level al Qaeda members, according to reports from Pakistani officials, residents and militants.

Pakistan objects to the strikes, saying they are a violation of its sovereignty and are counter-productive.

Officials say about one in six of the strikes over the past year caused civilian deaths without killing any militants, and that fuels anti-U.S. sentiment, complicating the military's struggle to subdue violence.

The concentration of strikes in Waziristan was also pushing some militants eastwards, deeper into Pakistan, they say.
 

Date created : 2009-04-04

COMMENT(S)