Suspected US missiles kill 7 in Pakistan strike


Associated Press

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan

Suspected U.S. missiles killed seven alleged militants, including some thought to be of Arab origin, in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border early today, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike was the first since the arrest of a U.S. Embassy employee who shot two Pakistanis in late January. There had been speculation that Washington had put a hold on the disputed tactic as it wrestled with Pakistan over whether the American has diplomatic immunity and should be freed.

The Pakistani intelligence officials said three missiles hit a house overnight Monday in the village of Kaza Panga in the Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan tribal region. Arabs and Turkmen were believed to be among the dead, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters on the record.

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