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U.S. Drone Kills 24 Taliban in Pakistan

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, Taliban on March 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

Obama maintains policy of drone attacks within Pakistan:

Missiles fired by an unmanned US drone have killed at least 24 people in Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border, officials have said. Local officials said the dead were local Taleban and that the toll may rise. Thirty others were injured.

The US does not confirm drone attacks but no other countries have the power to deploy such weapons in the region.  Correspondents say this is the fifth drone attack on Pakistani territory since Barack Obama became US president.

The target of the missile attack on Thursday night was a training camp run by a local Taleban commander. The camp in the Brijo area is located some 20km from Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Local officials told the BBC Urdu Service that a drone fired four missiles into the camp, a huge compound with five rooms which served as a weapons store, meeting place and lodging for the local Taleban.

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