August 30, 2008

Missile strike kills five near Afghan border


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) At least five people were killed when a missile fired from Afghanistan hit a suspected rebel hideout Saturday in Pakistan's South Waziristan, a known hub of Al-Qaeda, an official told AFP.

"A missile apparently fired from across the border hit a compound near Wana and initial reports say five people died," said a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Local military spokesman Major Murad Khan told AFP that "an incident involving an explosion happened in South Waziristan but we do not know what caused the incident."

A local intelligence official said the missile struck the house of a tribesman in the Zelli Noor area just outside Wana, the region's main town.

The official said the owner of the house had recently rented it out to some "foreigners", a term used in Pakistan to describe Al-Qaeda fighters.

Unconfirmed reports from the area said among the dead were four foreigners, the official added.

Time will tell who they were tracking....tick tock.

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