Drone attack kills six in Pakistan

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 21, 2010 15:30 hrs

Islamabad, Nov 21 (IANS) At least six suspected militants were killed Sunday in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan.

A pilotless US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle near Mir Ali village in the tribal area, Dunya TV reported. It was not known whether any high-profile target was killed.

The vehicle was completely destroyed in the attack and all six people on it were killed, officials said.

A similar attack on a vehicle Nov 19 killed Mufti Ali Muhammad, a senior leader of the Haqqani network. Three other militants were also killed.

US drones have killed more than 1,670 suspected militants, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, in over 200 attacks in the northwestern tribal region since 2004. The number of attacks has increased in 2010. More than 700 suspected terrorists have been killed in over 100 attacks this year.

The US had asked Pakistan to allow drone strikes in the southwestern Balochistan province as well. Fearing adverse public reaction, Islamabad has rejected the request.

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