Suspected Arab militants among casualties of US strike
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Remains of suspected Arab militants were found among the rubble in Miranshah, a village located in the Pakistani tribal province of North Waziristan that was struck by a US missile Friday. The attack left at least 20 dead, mostly local residents.
MIRANSHAH - Pakistani villagers collected body parts of at least 20 people, including several suspected Arab militants, killed by a
A pilotless drone aircraft launched the attack late on Friday in the
"We now have a figure of 20 that includes eight residents of the house, five other locals and seven foreigners," an intelligence official said while speaking on condition of anonymity.
The foreigners appeared to be Arabs, although their nationalities were unknown, the official said.
The News newspaper reported that the strike was carried out based on information that the foreigners had been invited to a feast by pro-Taliban tribesmen following the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
There were no indications that any of those killed were regarded by
A army spokesman said on Saturday that there had been an explosion in the area, but was unable to confirm the cause.
Faced with an intensifying Taliban insurgency in
The airstrikes, and the first ever use of ground troops, have strained relations between the allies.
The Pakistani government has protested that the attacks violated territorial sovereignty and undermined its own long term efforts to crush militancy in a country where anti-American sentiment runs high.
More than 1,000 militants have been killed in the fighting in Bajaur and Swat since August.
Yet, Pakistani assertions that it is doing its utmost to contain militants have done little to appease
Once day broke in Mohammad Khel, villagers combed the wreckage of the destroyed house to look for any survivors and the bodies of the dead for burial.
"We found body parts scattered all over the place in the ruins, someone's hand, someone's leg. It's really horrible," Bakht Ali, one of the villagers, told Reuters.
Earlier on Friday, Pakistani intelligence officials reported another
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