Agence France-Presse August 31, 2008
Six dead in Pakistan missile strike: official
MIRANSHAH – A missile fired from an unmanned aircraft hit a house in a ***restive*** Pakistani tribal area on Sunday, killing six people including a woman and a young girl, residents and officials said.
The attack took place in the village of Tappi, located about 10 kilometres (six miles) southeast of Miranshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan on the Afghan border.
“The death toll has risen to six and eight others are injured,” a security official told AFP, updating an earlier toll.
“Most of the dead are foreign militants including Arabs and Uzbeks,” he said, but later added that those killed included a woman and a young girl who lived nearby and had been hit by shrapnel caused by the strike.
Residents said the missile was fired from a pilotless aircraft and that the house belonged to a local tribesman who had rented it out to militants.
There has been a series of missile strikes on militants in Pakistan in recent weeks attributed to US-led coalition forces or CIA drones based in Afghanistan.
At least five people were killed when a missile fired from Afghanistan hit a suspected rebel hideout Saturday in neighbouring South Waziristan, a known hub of Al-Qaeda activity.
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