Seven militants killed as US drones pound N Waziristan

American unmanned planes fired missiles at a compound in North Waziristan, in Pakistan`s troubled northwest killing seven militants including three Arabs.

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 14:44 PM IST

Peshawar: Keeping up a relentless onslaught
on the safe havens of Haqqani network, American unmanned
planes fired missiles at a compound in North Waziristan, in
Pakistan`s troubled northwest killing seven militants
including three Arabs.

In a third attack on the region in the last twenty-four
hours, US drones targeted a house in Mazakhel area in Datta
Khel sub-division, 50 km west of Miranshah, the main town of
North Waziristan Agency.

The house was destroyed and local residents retrieved
seven bodies from the rubble, security officials said.

The dead militants are believed to be members of the
Haqqani network that often target US and foreign forces across
the border in Afghanistan.

Three Arabs and four local militants were killed,
security officials said of the attack in a region which is
home to hundreds of Pakistani and foreign militants most of
them with links to al Qaeda.

With these attacks, fourteen militants have been killed
in the past twenty-four hours. US drones have now launched
almost twenty strikes on the region this month with most them
targeting North Waziristan.

It was not immediately known if the casualties included
any high value targets.

Washington is putting pressure on Islamabad to launch a
ground military campaign in the area.

PTI