Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Suspected US drone 'kills four militants' in Pakistan

A suspected US drone attack has killed four militants in north-western Pakistan, local intelligence officials said.

The drone fired a missile, destroying a house in a market in Miranshah town in North Waziristan tribal district.

North and South Waziristan are regularly targeted by drone missiles.

The US says the region provides sanctuary to al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents who are involved in attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Last week, a US drone attack killed at least 21 militants in North Waziristan. Among the dead were several foreigners believed to be part of the Haqqani network.

Last month, drone strikes killed at least 30 people in less than 24 hours in the area.

Drone attacks have escalated in the region since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. More than 100 raids were reported in the area last year. (more)