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Women, Children Killed in Pakistan Attack on Suspected Militants | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) -Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant hideouts early Sunday in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border killing at least four civilians, officials said.

Two women and two children were killed when the attack demolished a house near the town of Mir Ali, a local administration official told AFP.

Residents said two suspected Uzbek militants were also killed. They had rented rooms in the house from a local man, they said. Officials could not immediately confirm the reports.

Four helicopters took part in the operation targetting suspected sites in the North Waziristan region, a local administration official told AFP.

A security official said on condition of anonymity the helicopters targetted at least six separate locations near military checkposts located between Mir-Ali and the region’s main town Miranshah.

The posts have come under repeated attack since pro-Taliban militants scrapped a peace accord with the government in mid-July.

Sunday’s attack followed separate gun and bomb attacks in the area which killed four Pakistani soldiers the day before.