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World Briefing / Pakistan

45 killed in strikes on militants

July 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft launched two attacks against militants loyal to the head of the Pakistani Taliban, killing at least 45, intelligence officials said.

The army denied signing off on the attacks and said that they were hurting its campaign against Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud by alienating local tribes.

Missiles were fired at a mountaintop training camp in South Waziristan, killing 10 militants, officials said. Hours later, 12 miles to the east, missiles hit four vehicles carrying Taliban militants, killing at least 35, including a key Taliban commander, one intelligence official said.

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