Thursday, May 24, 2012

8 killed in drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal region on Thursday, killing eight people, a senior local official said.

The attack took place in the area of Hesokhel in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, said Muhammad Amin, the top government official in North Waziristan.

The drone strike was the second in Pakistan in 24 hours and follows the NATO conference in Chicago about Afghanistan's future. At least four militants were killed Wednesday after a suspected U.S. drone strike on a compound in the Datakhel area of North Waziristan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan were one of the key themes underlying the Chicago meeting, which both President Barack Obama and Pakistani President Ali AsAsif Ali Zardari attended. Read More