Pakistan: US drone strike kills at least 1 person

October 24, 2012 - 11:34 AM

MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person, intelligence officials said.

There were conflicting reports about whether more than one person was killed in the attack in Tappi Khun Khel village in the North Waziristan tribal area, a major hub for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the strike killed one woman and wounded two men. A second pair of intelligence officials said three people were killed, including one foreigner. It was not clear whether the three dead were men or women or whether they had any link to militancy.

The U.S. regularly carries out drone strikes targeting militants in Pakistan's tribal region but refuses to discuss the covert CIA program publicly.

Pakistani officials regularly criticize the strikes as a violation of the country's sovereignty, but the government has assisted some of the attacks in the past.

The intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the attack killed a cow and a buffalo near the compound that was hit.

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Associated Press writer Ishtiaq Mahsud contributed from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.