U.S. drone attack kills 60 in Pakistan, reports say


At least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in northwest Pakistan in a series of missile raids believed to have been carried out by a United States drone, local news reports said.

The first missile attack early on Tuesday hit what authorities said was a Taliban training centre in South Waziristan on the Afghan border. A few hours later, a second attack was carried out during a funeral procession for an insurgent commander killed earlier in the day.

Residents of the area said that half of the dead were civilians. Local villagers, not just militants, attend funerals of Taliban.

Baitullah Mehsud, an al-Qaeda supporter accused of plotting the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been in the area but was not hurt, a Taliban official said.

The Pentagon denied any U.S. involvement.