August 20, 2008

Report: US missile strike kills 8 in Waziristan

Via Frontier Post

WANA: Missiles fired from Afghanistan hit a militant hideout in Pakistan’s tribal belt Wednesday, killing at least eight people including some foreign extremists, security officials said. The strike in the South Waziristan region was the first since key US ally Pervez Musharraf resigned as president on Monday and left Pakistan’s recently elected government in charge of tackling the militants. Two missiles hit a house owned by a local tribesman with links to militants in Wana, the officials said. “It was a known hideout for militants. At least eight people were killed and some foreign militants are among them,” one security official told said on condition of anonymity. “The missiles came from Afghanistan,” the official said. Residents said the owner of the house, named as Haji Yaqub, was wounded and was pulled from the rubble, but people were scared to stay in the area because aircraft were flying overhead. “Arabs often stayed with him (Yaqub),” one resident said.
I bet Haji regrets turning his place into Motel 6.

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