10 militants including al Qaeda members killed in drone strike

US drones on Tuesday fired a volley of missiles at a compound used by al Qaeda militants in Pakistan`s restive South Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 10 militants including foreigners.

Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 20:17 PM IST

Peshawar: US drones on Tuesday fired a volley
of missiles at a compound used by al Qaeda militants in
Pakistan`s restive South Waziristan tribal region, killing at
least 10 militants including foreigners.

The missile targeted a house in Karikot village near
Wana, the main town in South Waziristan Agency, which was
frequented by al Qaeda elements, killing 10 militants.

"The dead included some foreign militants," witnesses
said, including Arabs, Turkmans, Chechans and Taliban
fighters.

Four militants were wounded in the attack. Local
residents launched a rescue effort and began clearing the
rubble of the compound following the missile strike.

But, it was not immediately known if there were any
high-value targets among those killed. Drones continued to
hover over the area, hours after the attack.

This was the first time in weeks that US drones
targeted South Waziristan, where a major Pakistani army
offensive is underway.

US missiles have recently been hitting the adjacent
North Waziristan.

On June 1, al Qaeda said that its number three
`Commander` and Osama Bin Laden`s long term financier Mustafa
Abu al-Yazid had been killed in one of the drone strikes in
North Waziristan.

PTI