tribal area of North Waziristan (along Afghanistan's border)
-Source: Jang.com; excerpts- Habibullah Khan AP:
Todays attack came two days after 5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-American rally in the Bajur area near Damadola, a village close to the site of an alleged U.S. missile attack that killed several al-Qaida members and civilians in January...-This statement from Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan:
"We received confirmed intelligence reports that 70-80 militants were hiding in a madrassa used as a terrorist-training facility, which was destroyed by an army strike, led by helicopters," Sultan said.Helicopters continued to fire four to five missiles into the madrassa, run by Liaquat Hussain, a local Islamic cleric who is believed to have been sheltering al-Qaida militants...
"There were no civilian casualties as there were no other buildings near the madrassa," he claimed.
Gen Sultan was unable to provide a preliminary estimate of the casualty count, but said that "many" militants had been killed. read more.
"The government has launched an attack during the night, which is against Islam and the traditions of the area", says Ul-Haq, who belongs to the powerful Islamic political party...
Pakistani Raid Kills 70-80 Al Qaida
NOTE: Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan is the face of Pakistan's current military efforts against armed resistance in the Balochistan region as well operations in Waziristan against Al-Qaeda near Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Statement by Abu Musab Zarqawi (by John W. Lillpop)