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US drone strikes kill 20 militants in Pak

June 28, 2011 02:51 IST

Twenty suspected militants were killed in two United States drone strikes in the restive South Waziristan tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Monday.

In the first attack, a drone targeted a vehicle, killing eight suspected militants in Shawal area of South Waziristan Agency.

Another drone strike several hours later in Mantoi area, about 30 km from South Waziristan's main town of Wana, killed 12 suspected militants.

The drones fired four missiles at a hideout of militant commander Adam Khan, who is linked to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

It could not immediately be ascertained whether Mehsud was present at the hideout at the time of the attack. Reports claimed that Mehsud had been spotted in the area. Adam Khan had set up a training facility for the Taliban in the area.

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