Aug 20 2008
The US apparently has struck another al-Qaeda compound inside the Pakistan FATA agency of South Waziristan:
Missiles fired from Afghanistan hit a militant hideout in Pakistan’s tribal belt Wednesday, killing at least eight people including some foreign extremists, security officials said.
The strike in the South Waziristan region was the first since key US ally Pervez Musharraf resigned as president on Monday and left Pakistan’s recently elected government in charge of tackling the militants.
Two missiles hit a house owned by a local tribesman with links to Islamic militants in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, a known haven for Al-Qaeda and Taliban rebels, the officials said.
“It was a known hideout for militants. At least eight people were killed and some foreign militants are among them,” one security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“Two missiles hit a compound visited regularly by ‘Arab mujahidin’ – a term used by the locals referring to al-Qaeda terrorists – at around 19:00 PST (12:00 GMT),” said a security official.Â
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the house that was completely demolished by the attack belonged to Yaqub Mughal, who was also injured in the incident.Â
“The missiles were fired from Afghan province of Paktika,” he claimed, adding that it was not clear how many al-Qaeda fighters were among the killed and injured.
Fingers crossed we hit one of the top al-Qaeda leaders!