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Airstrike kills 2 near border

November 30, 2008|Times Wire Reports

What was believed to be a U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile at a house in the militancy-plagued Pakistani region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border, killing two people, security agency officials said.

A security agent and a Taliban militant confirmed the strike and the death toll at the house in the village of Chashma. There was no immediate information about the identity of those killed.

Security has deteriorated sharply in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, seven years after U.S. soldiers and their Afghan allies drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Pakistan has complained to the United States about the strikes, saying they undermine its efforts to combat militants.

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