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    U.S. bombings in Pakistan kill 27 Saturday 1st November, 2008 Big News Network.com Intelligence officials in Pakistan say two suspected U.S. missile strikes in
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      U.S. bombings in Pakistan kill 27
      Saturday 1st November, 2008
      Big News Network.com


      Intelligence officials in Pakistan say two suspected U.S. missile
      strikes in northwestern Pakistan Friday killed at least 27 people,
      including a mid-level al-Qaida leader.

      In the first attack, officials say two missiles struck a house near
      Mir Ali town and a vehicle in North Waziristan tribal area.

      Intelligence officials and local residents say the strike killed a
      foreign al-Qaida militant who went by the name Abu Akasha, also known
      as Abdur Rehman al-Iraqi, who helped carry out attacks in
      Afghanistan. He was among 20 other foreign militants, including
      Arabs, killed in the strike.

      Officials say about two hours later, two more missiles were fired
      into a house in South Waziristan near Wana from what is believed to
      be a U.S. unmanned (drone) aircraft. Officials said at least seven
      people, including foreign fighters, were killed in that raid.

      The strikes come just two days after Pakistan summoned the U.S.
      ambassador to formally protest U.S. missile attacks on Pakistani
      territory.

      The number of strikes has increased over the last two months,
      straining relations between the two allies.

      Earlier Friday, Pakistani officials said a suicide bomber killed at
      least nine people, including himself, outside the office of a top
      police chief in northwestern Pakistan.

      At least five police officers and three civilians were among those
      killed in the attack in the town of Mardan. More than 25 people were
      wounded.

      No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

      Mardan is near the area where Pakistani forces have been battling
      Taliban and al-Qaida militants for months.

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