Rare U.S. drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

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Imran Khan, the former cricket star who now leads the party that runs the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, has called for Pakistan to block trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan in response to continued drone strikes. The federal government has shown little interest in doing so, but Khan plans to hold a strike on Nov. 23 and block the road through the province that some of the trucks take.

Most drone strikes have occurred in North Waziristan, the headquarters of the Haqqani network in Pakistan. The U.S. has repeatedly urged Pakistan to conduct an operation in North Waziristan, but the government has refused. Many analysts believe Pakistan doesn’t want to cross the Haqqani network, a group with which it has historical ties and could be an ally in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw.

Also Thursday, a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killing two policemen and a civilian, said Quetta police chief Abdur Rauf.

Later Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan in the Khyber tribal area, wounding 26 people , said local government administrator Daftar Khan.

No one has claimed responsibility for either attack.


Dawar reported from Peshawar. Associated Press writers Riaz Khan in Peshawar and Abdul Sattar in Quetta contributed to this report.

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