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  1/15/2010, Tevet 29, 5770

US Drone Plane Kills 16 in Pakistan

A U.S. drone missile attack aimed at Pakistan's most-wanted Taliban leader killed 16 people on Thursday.

In the last two weeks, U.S. drones have carried out at least eight strikes in Pakistan's largely tribal region along the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani news reports said Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mahsud was the target of the attack and may have been among the dead. However, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq dismissed reports of Mahsud's death as "totally baseless; we are safe."