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'Taliban base' in Pakistan destroyed by U.S. drone

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 17th, 2013
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Officials say that a U.S. drone has fired two missiles into a Taliban training camp in Pakistan, The compound was destroyed and at least five people were killed. It's reported the target was a Taliban training camp in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Baber Ghar area is a reported stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud where the faction runs several camps. The five killed were suspected al-Qaeda fighters, according to t local security official.

"The target was a base of Pakistani Taliban. Five militants have been killed and two injured," the official told journalists.

In Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, another official confirmed the attack and said the drone targeted a base of Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan's umbrella Taliban faction.

Pakistan has repeatedly denounced U.S. drone strikes, saying that they are a violation of sovereignty that inflames anti-Americanism. However, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, local leaders here have allegedly agreed to them in private.

Ben Emmerson, U.N. special reporter on counter-terrorism and human rights envoy visited Islamabad last month as part of an investigation into civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.

According to Britain's Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CIA drone attacks in Pakistan have killed up to 3,587 people since 2004, up to 884 of them civilians.

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