‘Dozens Dead’ in US Drone Strike
23 June 2009
At least 45 people have died in a missile strike by a US drone aircraft in Pakistan, officials there have said. The people killed in South Waziristan region had been attending a funeral for others killed in a US drone strike earlier on Tuesday.
Intelligence officials said at least 45 people had been killed and dozens more injured in the later strike, when two missiles were fired. But a local official told BBC News the death toll was more than 50.
The region is a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.