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Qaeda Figure Is Reported Killed in Pakistan
Published: June 29, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Eight militants, including an Egyptian allied with Al Qaeda, were killed Tuesday inwhat residents and a Pakistani security official said was a United States drone strike in the South Waziristan tribal area near this country’s Afghan border.
The United States has intensified itscampaign of drone attacks against suspected militants in the border areas of Pakistan, but most have been concentrated in North Waziristan, an area that Western officials consider the most importantrefuge for militants with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Tuesday’s attack was the second within a few weeks in South Waziristan after a lull that lasted months. Last October, Pakistan invaded part of SouthWaziristan to drive out militants; many who fled north are now returning south.
The drone was believed to have fired two missiles at a compound in a village near Wana, the regional capital. TheEgyptian, Hamza al-Jufi, had lived in Wana for many years, said a fighter in the area who visited the site after the attack and spoke by telephone. Most of the other militants killed in the strike livednearby, though two came from another province, Punjab, the fighter said.
The fighter said that the eight bodies were mutilated beyond recognition but that no one else was wounded in the strike, whichleveled the compound in the village, Ghwakhwai. According to some accounts Mr. Jufi was leading a group called Jundullah, or Army of God, which Pakistani security officials said was involved in sectarianviolence around the port city of Karachi.
On June 19, militants affiliated with Jundullah barged into the city courts there and freed three of their members from police custody while one arrestedmilitant and a policeman were killed in an exchange of fire. The freed militants had been arrested by the police and were suspected of involvement in episodes of sectarian violence in Karachi....
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