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Pakistan: Ten killed in Orakzai air strikes

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By Abdul Sami Paracha

KOHAT: Ten people, three women and four children among them, were killed when military planes bombed a house in Feroze Khel area in lower Orakzai Agency on Friday.

Officials said the house of tribal elder Zikria Khan was razed to the ground and four members of his family were killed.

Tribesmen pulled out the bodies from the debris of the house.

Two other houses that were empty were also destroyed.

Officials said that except the women and children most other people who died in the attack were militants.

Independent sources said Zikria Khan and his family had nothing to do with militants and all the victims were civilians.

The officials said that members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban who had escaped from Waziristan were living in the house, adding that the headquarters of Hakimullah Mehsud was earlier located in the area.

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