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Eight militants, including four foreign nationals, have been killed in a US UAV strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, on Wednesday 10/13/2010 night, officials said.

Three missiles were fired at a house in the Datta Khel area on Wednesday evening, killing five, including the foreigners, an official told the BBC. The foreigners were said to be from Turkmenistan, and members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan -IMU (see also – Miranshah 01.24.10 ).

Minutes later, a car parked outside the house was hit, killing three others. Local Taliban militants took away the dead and injured.

Apart from the foreigners, the dead are said to be Taliban militants loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur – the group’s main commander in the area (see also – Bahadur 06.30.09).

Correspondents say Datta Khel, about 30km (19 miles) from North Waziristan main town of Miranshah, is a safe haven for Al Qaeda.

Also on Wednesday 6 NATO-ISAF troops were killed in Afghanistan in clashes and booby-traps. A Taliban statement refuted Karzai’s claim of peace talks with the Taliban are “baseless propaganda”,  saying that “the enemy has never contacted the leaders of the Islamic Emirate [Afghanistan], let alone holding any kind of talks with them” (see – Peace-Talks 10.06.10).
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