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Thousands in Pakistan Protest US Missile Strike

Thousands of Islamic hard-liners protested in northwestern Pakistan Friday against the U.S. missile strike that targeted al-Qaida leaders in a northern village bordering Afghanistan.

The protesters chanted anti-American slogans and pledged to wage jihad against the United States.

Nationwide demonstrations erupted after missiles reported to be targeting Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri hit a village in the remote Bajur tribal region on January 13.

Media reports say the strike killed at least three top al-Qaida leaders, including a top chemical weapons expert.

Meanwhile, just 90 kilometers from the site of the attack, police detained more than 10 people believed to have links with outlawed extremist groups. Pakistani media reports say several foreign nationals were said to be among the detainees.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.