Drone Strikes Kill 17 in Pakistan

Some 17 people have been reportedly killed in two suspected US drone strikes that targeted Pakistan’s  volatile north-west frontier on Wednesday.

According to media reports, the missiles targeted a compound described as a Taliban training centre, about 30km west of Miranshah the main town in North Waziristan.

Incidentally, the strikes are the fourth such action in North Waziristan in a week.

North and South Waziristan are considered to be a hotbed of al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Starting mid-2008, drone strikes in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people, including civilians, and a top Taliban leader.

Islamabad has repeatedly criticised the action inside its territories as counter-productive to its war on terror.

(Based on media reports)

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