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15 dead in Waziristan drone attack, ambush

May 10, 2009


WANA, May 9 Six people were killed and three others injured when suspected US drones fired four missiles on two cave-houses in Sararogha sub-division of South Waziristan on Saturday.

Sources claimed that those killed and injured in the attack belonged to the Baitullah Mehsud group.

According to reports, four planes were flying over the area when missiles hit the cave-houses. Four loud explosions were heard by the area people.

After the attack, militants retrieved the bodies and the injured. The injured were taken to a government-run hospital in Sararogha.

“I can confirm a missile strike at a compound at Tabbi Langar Khel,” a security official told AFP.

Semi-autonomous South Waziristan is a stronghold of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud, who recently threatened to avenge missile strikes with attacks across the country and in the United States.

NINE KILLED Meanwhile, at least nine people were killed on Saturday in a gunfight following an attack on a military convoy in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Troops returned fire after suspected militants ambushed the convoy in Sheen, a village in South Waziristan, a security official said.

“Four militants were killed, two of them were arrested and one security official was also killed,” the official said.

“Four civilians caught in the crossfire were also killed,” the official said.

Local administration officials confirmed the incident.