US Drone Kills 31 in Pakistan Strike

Attack is first in region bordering Waziristan
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2009 5:44 AM CST
Pakistani tribal people pray next to the coffins of victims of a suspected US missile attack. An attack in the Kurram tribal region today killed at least a dozen people.   (AP Photo/Hasbanullah Khan)
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(Newser) – A US drone plane fired missiles at a building reportedly housing militants in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 31 people, reports the New York Times—the second time in three days such a strike has claimed upward of 30 lives. "Afghan Taliban were holding an important meeting there when the missiles were fired," an intelligence official told Reuters. The attack was the fourth on Pakistan since Barack Obama took office—continuing a controversial Bush administration policy of pilotless strikes.