PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — The chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mahsud, and close associates attended the funeral of a militant commander in the country's tribal areas but left before a suspected U.S. drone attack that killed dozens of people, residents said Wednesday.
The area where the attack occurred, the Bekh Mary Langara region of South Waziristan, is remote and there was no independent confirmation of the number of casualties. But residents said about 80 people, at least 30 of them militants, died in the attack Tuesday.
Doctors at the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Miram Shah, North Waziristan, said that 27 people wounded in what was believed to be a missile strike had been brought in for treatment. The wounded included some children, they said.
Reports said that senior Taliban commander Maulvi Sangeen Zadran, who also was at the funeral, had been killed, but militant sources denied that.