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30 Killed in US Drone Attacks on Pakistan

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PAKISTAN-- Security officials stated today that two more United States drone attacks took place in northwest Pakistan, a hotbed of Taliban activity near the Afghan border. The drone fired two missiles, striking the home of a local tribesman in the Kurram tribal region less than 62 miles (100 km) from the Afghan capital of Kabul.

At least 30 people were killed in the attacks, according to unconfirmed reports.

Officials stated that said, "smoke can be seen over the area where the missiles struck."

The US was targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan's tribal regions, and have launched dozens of similar attacks in recent months.

In the 1980s, Kurram served as the most important launching pad for the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Last month, US missile strikes killed at least 11 militants close to the Afghan border. Pakistan has repeatedly protested against the dozens of US drone attacks in recent months that mostly target militants in the tribal regions. Pakistan has not yet commented on the incident.

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