8 Taliban militants killed in US drone attacks
US drones targeted Taliban militants in North and South Waziristan tribal regions of northwest Pakistan, killing eight rebels and injuring five more, officials and witnesses said.
Peshawar: US drones on Sunday targeted
Taliban militants in North and South Waziristan tribal regions of northwest Pakistan, killing eight rebels and injuring five
more, officials and witnesses said.
In the first strike, unmanned spy planes fired at
least four missiles at a militant compound in Shaktoi area of
South Waziristan, the hometown of slain Pakistani Taliban
chief Baitullah Mehsud.
State-run PTV reported that the drones had struck
Mehsud`s house. Four militants were killed and five more
injured in the attack, officials said.
Local tribesmen began rescue operations soon after the
attack. The group to which the dead militants belonged could
not immediately be ascertained.
In the second attack carried out in the evening, a
drone struck a target a few kilometres from Miranshah, the
main town in North Waziristan Agency.
The drone fired two missiles, killing four militants.
Drones continued flying over area after both strikes,
local residents said. US drones have carried out three strikes
in Waziristan since yesterday.
At least 18 militants were killed and nine more
injured in a drone strike yesterday on a rebel-held compound
in Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan that borders
Baitullah Mehsud was killed with his wife and several
other persons in a drone strike on his house in August last
The latest strikes in Waziristan coincided with a
visit to Pakistan by US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral
Mike Mullen, who said yesterday that al Qaeda`s top leaders,
including Osama bin laden, are hiding in Pakistan.
Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in over 100 drone
strikes in Pakistan since August 2008.