The second consecutive strike targeting Ayman al Zawahiri in Bajaur levelled a madrasa, which some officials claimed was a militant training camp.
One alleged militant died in a strike that killed scores of children. It was the highest death toll in a strike recorded by the Bureau and it sparked outrage across Pakistan. The army blamed the CIA, having first said it was responsible for the attack. The change of tune was down to the level of collateral damage, a senior aide to General Musharraf said. The attack came on the day Islamabad was to sign a peace agreement with Bajaur Agency militants. The strike “sabotaged the chances for an agreement” according to a former ISI Director General.
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