Peshawar: Four suspected militants were
killed in a US drone strike in the volatile North Waziristan
tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, security officials
The CIA-operated spy plane carried out the attack in
the restive Datta Khel region, 25 km west of Miranshah, a key
town in North Waziristan Agency.
The US resumed drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal
belt on Monday after a lull of almost a month in the wake of
the arrest of American security contractor Raymond Davis in
Lahore last month.
Fifteen rebels, including an Iraqi Al Qaida operative
were killed in two strikes on Monday.
There had been speculation that the US had put drone
strikes on hold to curb rising anti-American sentiments in
Pakistan as it worked for the release of Davis.
The last strike before Davis` arrest was carried out
on January 23.
The CIA had significantly stepped up the missile
strikes in mid-2010 after Western intelligence agencies
uncovered a plot by militants based in Pakistan’s tribal belt
to attack European cities.
Davis` arrest on January 27 triggered a diplomatic
row between Pakistan and the US, which has insisted that the
American should be released on grounds of diplomatic immunity.