ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing 20 local and foreign insurgents, intelligence officials said.
At least 15 militants were also wounded in the attack in the restivetribal region, where Pakistan has launched several against the , al-Qaida and their local supporters in recent years.
The Taliban surrounded the targeted house and transported the dead and wounded out, said three intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media
No government or military spokesmen were available for comment.
Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its fight against terrorism, but it has opposed missile strikes in the country’s tribal regions where Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents are believed to be operating.
The U.S. has launched more than 30 missile attacks in recent months.
Saturday’s attack came days after Pakistani leaders told President Barack Obama to the region, that the U.S. attacks should be stopped as they were counterproductive and fueling anti-America sentiment in this Islamic nation., an American envoy dispatched by
It also came a day after aholding an American employee of the warned it would kill him within 72 hours and issued a grainy video of the blindfolded captive saying he was “sick and in trouble.”
SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – Continuous attack on Pakistani land by American Forces will only spark the anger of the people and may jeopardize any effort or attempt to release John Solecki. Personally, I feel that US is not serious in releasing Solecki.