16 militants killed in US drone attacks in North Waziristan

In a major strike, a US drone targeted a house in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region of northwest Pakistan Saturday.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 23:48 PM IST

Peshawar: In a major strike, a US drone
targeted a house in the volatile North Waziristan tribal
region of northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing at least 16
Taliban militants, including a foreign commander, and injuring
10 others.

The drone fired two missiles at a militant compound at
Inzar Kalay, 30 km east of Miranshah, the main town of North
Waziristan Agency.

Sixteen bodies were pulled of the debris of the house,
security sources said.

An Arab militant commander named Abu Ahmed Turkash was
among those killed, the sources said.

At least three drones were seen hovering the area
after the attack, local residents said.

US drones have repeated struck the lawless tribal
region, a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda elements, since a
suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban killed seven
CIA operatives at a forward base in neighbouring Khost
province of Afghanistan.

Last month, al Qaeda number three Mustafa Abu al-Yazid
was believed to have been killed in a drone strike in North
Waziristan.

There have been about 70 drone strikes in North and
South Waziristan this year.

PTI