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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Search for downed 'US drone' continues

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 15:09:33 GMT | PressTV

Pakistani tribesmen
stand amid the rubble
of destroyed houses
after a suspected
US drone attack
Pakistani officials are still searching for the wreckage of a 'US drone' that reportedly crashed during an operation in the northwest.

The drone was sighted in Angoor Ada village of Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday, when it was reportedly hit by militant fire and downed in an unknown location.

"We haven't found any wreckage, but we are still searching," AP quoted the military's top spokesman, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, as saying on Sunday morning.

The CIA Predator unmanned planes operated by US troops from bases in neighboring Afghanistan are believed to have carried out dozens of attacks on the Pakistani soil, the reports of which have been largely ignored by the US military.

The search team includes tribesmen, soldiers, intelligence agents and local informants.

The imprecise airstrikes that have claimed many civilian lives in Pakistan's restive tribal areas bordering war-torn Afghanistan have angered Islamabad, which has repeatedly condemned the operations as a violation of the county's sovereignty.

In other developments on Saturday, Three separate bombings killed 15 people in northwestern Pakistan, A Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

In one incident seven policemen and a bystander were killed. The blast took place wile the police were searching an explosives-wired car, which was discovered in the Badaber area of Peshawar city.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed three civilians and wounded four troops. Elsewhere, in Tirah valley of Khyber agency, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque killing four people and wounding another five.

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