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FACTBOX-Security developments in Pakistan, Oct 13

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:41 PM
Author: Reuters
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Oct 13 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 1530 GMT on Thursday.

* denotes new or updated development

MIRANSHAH - A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles into Pakistan's northwestern North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing four militants, Pakistani intelligence officials in the area said.

The drone targeted a house near the region's main town of Miranshah, in the village of Dande Darpa Khel, a stronghold of the Haqqani network, the most feared militant group within the Afghan Taliban, which uses Pakistani sanctuaries to attack U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

ORAKZAI - Pakistani forces used artillery to pound militant hideouts in the northwestern region of Orakzai, killing six suspected Pakistani Taliban insurgents, security officials said.

SHIKARPUR - Gunmen opened fire on an Afghanistan-bound convoy of NATO fuel supply trucks in the Shikarpur area of southern Sindh province, and set fire to six of them, police officials said.

ZEBA PAHARI - A suspected U.S. drone fired three missiles at a group of militants in the South Waziristan border tribal region, killing six of them, intelligence officials said.

The militants were setting up a position to fire rockets at a NATO post across the border in Afghanistan.

* KHYBER - Two time bombs, planted on vehicles carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, exploded on Thursday, destroying three fuel trucks, local officials said.

The explosions occurred in the Landi Kotal area of the northwestern Khyber tribal region, about 6 km (3.7 miles) from the Afghan border.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigade, a local militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. (Compiled by Augustine Anthony; Editing by Robert Birsel and Yoko Nishikawa)

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