Deadly US missile attack hits Pakistan

The Haqqani faction does not clash Pakistani government.

Deadly US missile attack hits Pakistan

US drone attack on Wednesday killed 8 people into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border that three missiles were fired, Pakistani intelligence officials and residents said.

The strike targeted a stronghold of the Haqqani network, a major Taliban faction battling against Western forces invading in Afghanistan. A similar strike last week in the same area killed a son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the group.

"I myself heard a huge blast and can see fire rising from the site," said Reuters reporter Haji Mujtaba in North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah.

Fire broke out after the missiles exploded in Dargi Mandi village, 4 km (2.5 miles) north of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah.

Intelligence officials said two missiles hit a compound in Dargi Mandi village while the third struck a vehicle.

Mohammad Hashim, a son of Haqqani, was killed in a drone attack in nearby Dandi Darpakhel village last week.

But another son of Haqqani, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is a much more high-profile target of the U.S. drones because he has effectively taken over leadership of the militant faction from his elderly father.

The Haqqani faction does not clash Pakistani government and is said to send fighters across the border into Afghanistan that thousands of Western soldiers have occupied for years.


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