January 23rd, 2009
11:45 AM ET
9 years ago

Sources: Two U.S. missile strikes kill 17 in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - Seventeen people were killed Friday evening in two U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal region, said one government and two military officials.

They are the first such strikes since President Obama took office Tuesday.

Both hits were near the Afghan border, said local political official Nasim Dawar. The Pakistani military sources asked not to be named because they are not authorized to release such information.

The first strike, which killed 10 people, occurred about 5:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m. ET) in a village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan, the officials said. Seven people died in the second hit at 7:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) near Wana, the major town in South Waziristan, 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Afghanistan, they said.

There has been no immediate response from U.S. officials.

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  1. Meka

    This is where the Battle should have remained . . . instead of going to Iraq!

    January 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |