US cross-border airstrike to Pakistan kills three

The missiles hit an abandoned girls' school in north of South Waziristan's main town of Wana, residents and Pakistani intelligence officials said.

US cross-border airstrike to Pakistan kills three

A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles on Friday in Pakistan's South Waziristan region killing at least three people.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have stepped up cross-border strikes by pilotless drones despite Pakistani objections.

The missiles hit an abandoned girls' school in a remote area 55 km (35 miles) north of South Waziristan's main town of Wana, residents and Pakistani intelligence officials said.

"Two missiles were fired on the school and three bodies have been recovered from the rubble," said an intelligence official who declined to be identified.

It was the second strike in South Waziristan in as many days.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan carried out about 30 missile strikes in Pakistan in 2008, according to a Reuters tally, more than half since the beginning of September.

The attacks have killed more than 220 people, including civilians, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani intelligence agents, district government officials and residents.

Resident Hakeem Jan said four people, including foreigners, were killed and several wounded.

Reuters
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