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Pakistanis Report Drone Strike Against Planners of Karachi Airport Siege

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:41:43 +0000

ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. struck back hard at Islamic militants who claimed responsibility for last Sunday's deadly siege at the airport in Karachi, Pakistan, killing six in a drone attack Wednesday.

The missile strike against a compound and vehicle, reported by Pakistani officials, was the first known drone assault by the U.S. in Pakistan since last December.

Wednesday's strike in the lawless North Waziristan region where the Taliban, al Qaeda and other militants hold sway came soon after the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took credit for the assault on Pakistan's busiest airport that left dozens dead, including the ten fighters who conducted the operation.

It's not the policy of Washington to acknowledge drone strikes, which are publicly opposed by the Pakistani government and military.

However, a senior Pakistan official confirmed four Uzbeks and two members of the Pakistani Taliban were killed.

This latest action likely means Islamabad is done trying to negotiate a settlement with militants, a process that has been ongoing for months.

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