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World Briefing / Pakistan

Airstrike kills at least 12, witness says

February 16, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

At least a dozen people were killed in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region today when missiles believed to have been fired by a U.S. drone hit a building used by militants, a witness said.

"Afghan Taliban were holding an important meeting there when the missiles were fired," an intelligence official in the region said.

Abdul Rahim, a cleric, said he saw bodies pulled from the rubble. Dawn News TV channel said up to 15 people were believed killed.

"A drone is still flying in the area and smoke can be seen over the area where the missiles struck," said a paramilitary official.

Pakistani officials were not immediately available to comment.

The attack was the first in Kurram and came two days after a missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal region.

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