Suspected U.S. strike kills 2 in Pakistan - agents

ISLAMABAD Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:12pm IST

Related Topics

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile at a house in the militancy-plagued Pakistani region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Saturday, killing two people, security agency officials said.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have carried out at least 27 air strikes by unmanned aircraft on militant targets in northwest Pakistan this year, according to a Reuters tally, more than half of them since the beginning of September.

"A missile was fired at a house owned by one Taj Mohammad, and we have reports of two men killed," said an intelligence agency official.

Another security agent and a Taliban militant confirmed the strike and the death toll at the house in the village of Chashma, 2 km north of the region's main town of Miranshah.

There was no immediate information about the identity of those killed.

Security has deteriorated sharply in both Pakistan and Afghanistan recently, seven years after U.S. soldiers and their Afghan allies drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in the weeks following the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Apparently frustrated by Pakistan's inability to tackle the militants, and alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the United States has ramped up attacks with missile-firing pilotless drones on militants in Pakistan.

Pakistan has complained to the United States over the strikes, saying they undermine its efforts to combat militants, but Washington has shrugged off the protests.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Gandhi Jayanti

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Reuters Exclusive

Reuters Exclusive

India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS programme.  Full Article 

Pro-Democracy Protests

Pro-Democracy Protests

Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weeks-source.  Full Article 

Fighting Islamic State

Fighting Islamic State

Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border.  Full Article 

Asian Games

Asian Games

Boxer Sarita Devi faces action after refusing medal at Asian Games.  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

Max Irons on class divide, all-male banter.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage