Af­ter lull, US drone strikes kill 13 in Pak­istan

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD (AP) — Mis­siles from U.S. drones slammed into mil­i­tant hide­outs overnight in north­west­ern Pak­istan, killing 13 sus­pected in­sur­gents and mark­ing the re­sump­tion of the CIA-led pro­gram af­ter a nearly six-month break, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The strikes were swiftly con­demned by the Pak­istani govern­ment, with the For­eign Min­istry say­ing in a state­ment that they were a vi­o­la­tion of Pak­istan’s sovereignty and its ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

The strikes came just days af­ter a five-hour siege of Pak­istan’s busiest air­port ended with 36 people, in­clud­ing ten mil­i­tants, killed. The au­da­cious at­tack raised con­cerns about whether Pak­istan was ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with the Pak­istani Tal­iban, which said it car­ried out the as­sault along with an Uzbek mil­i­tant group.

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