US drone kills 4 militants in Pakistan

 A US drone strike today killed at least four militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, taking the death toll from a series of such attacks to 29 this week.

PTI| Updated: Oct 12, 2014, 03:55 AM IST

Peshawar: A US drone strike today killed at least four militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, taking the death toll from a series of such attacks to 29 this week.

According to the official sources, the US drone targeted a vehicle at Margha area near the Pak-Afghan border which resulted in killing of four people.

This is the fourteenth US drone attack in the area this year.

The region, where the Pakistani military has been waging a major offensive since June, has long been used as shelter by Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants and has frequently been targeted by US drones.

There has been a spike in drone attacks in North Waziristan this month.

For almost a decade, American drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt have been deeply unpopular with the public.

Pakistani officials have publicly condemned the drone strikes saying they violate sovereignty.