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Foreigners shot in Pakistan, U.S. missiles hit militants
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:44am EST
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By Simon Cameron-Moore
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Militants shot and wounded two foreign journalists on the outskirts of Peshawar on Friday, and U.S. missiles killed 12 people in a strike on a Pakistani Taliban commander's stronghold in tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.
Spiralling violence has raised fears that nuclear-armed Pakistan could slide into chaos unless the 8-month-old civilian government, also faced with a potentially crippling economic crisis, and the army can throttle the militant threat.
The shooting of a Japanese and an Afghan journalist on Friday was the latest incident involving foreigners in Peshawar.
The capital of North West Frontier Province has borne the brunt of attacks in cities by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and operating out of the tribal lands.
An Iranian diplomat was kidnapped and his police bodyguard killed on Thursday, an American aid worker was gunned down along with his driver on Wednesday, while a suicide bomber killed three people at a sports stadium a day earlier.
Militants are retaliating against U.S. missile strikes in the Waziristan region, at the southwest end of the tribal belt, and an offensive by Pakistani forces in Bajaur, at the northeast end.
The Pakistan army is also fighting insurgents in the northwest valley of Swat, and tribesmen said gunship helicopters struck militant positions in Mohmand, a region neighboring Bajaur, where an offensive is expected any day.
Frustrated by fighters from Pakistan fuelling the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and fearful of al Qaeda regrouping, U.S. forces have intensified missile attacks by pilotless drones since early September.
CIA Director Michael Hayden told a Washington think tank on Thursday that U.S. pressure in Pakistan's borderlands aimed to put al Qaeda "off balance," and said the region represented the greatest terrorism threat to the United States.
The latest missile strike hit a house in a remote village on the border between North and South Waziristan, where Baituallah Mehsud, an al Qaeda ally and leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been bottled up by Pakistani forces since early this year.
"We have reports that 12 people were killed, including five foreigners," a paramilitary official said by telephone from Waziristan.
It was unclear if the dead foreigners included Arabs, who usually signify an al Qaeda presence.
A relative and aides to Mehsud, and Pakistani government and paramilitary officials said the attack happened at around 1:45 a.m. (2045 GMT), and up to four missiles were fired.
"There were two drones flying in our area and they fired four missiles," a paramilitary official said. "They were American." Continued...
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