Two US drone strikes kill 7 militants in Pakistan

Both the attacks took place in Asar village of Datta Khel town.

Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 09:40 AM IST

Peshawar: Two US drone strikes targeting vehicles killed seven militants on Sunday in Pakistan`s rugged tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

Both attacks took place in Asar village of Datta Khel town, some 50km west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district known as a hub for Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

"The US drone fired three missiles at the militants` vehicle, killing four rebels," a senior security official in the area said of the first strike, adding that the nationalities of those killed were not immediately known.

Another senior security official in the area confirmed the strike and toll.

The second strike, also targeting a vehicle, killed three rebels in the same village.

"Four missiles fired from a US drone on another vehicle which was going to the site of the first attack for rescue work, killing three militants," a senior security official in the area said.

The two strikes came little over 24 hours after a similar drone attack in the same Datta Khel area, which killed four rebels on Saturday. The US has launched 18 such drone attacks in just 23 days in North Waziristan.

US forces have been waging a drone war against Taliban and al Qaeda-linked commanders in Pakistan`s northwestern tribal belt, where militants have carved out havens in mountains outside direct government control.

PTI