Saturday, March 14, 2009

US drone strike death toll tops 25

US drone strike death toll tops 25
Bureau Report

PESHAWAR—The death toll in the suspected US drone missile strike in Kurram Agency rose to 25 on Friday, most of them Taliban militants, local officials said. The US drone had fired two missiles at a suspected Taliban training camp on Thursday evening. "We have handed over 25 bodies after cleaning and wrapping them in cloth," official sources added. Local administration officials also confirmed that at least 25 bodies were recovered from the debris of the suspected militant's training facility.
According to initial reports on Thursday, 18 people were killed in the attack. The death toll in a suspected US missile strike in Khurram Agency has risen to 24, with most of those killed said to be Afghan Talibans. Two missiles fired by a predator drone stuck a Taliban training camp in Kurram Agency when a combat training session was on, thus, resulting in high casualties. "Twenty-four bodies were recovered from the rubble and handed over to local authorities," officials said.