Miranshah: A US drone strike targeting a
compound in Pakistan`s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan
border on Monday killed at least 10 militants, local security
The unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting the
compound and a vehicle parked in the Gorwaik area of Datta
Khel town, 45 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in
North Waziristan tribal district, a senior official based in
Peshawar, the regional capital said.
"Two missiles struck the compound and another two hit
a vehicle," the official said. "At least 10 militants were
killed in this American drone attack."
A second security official based in Miranshah
confirmed the death toll.
Both officials said the number of casualties could
rise as the area of the drone strike had been completely
Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out
strongholds in the northwest where they are said to have
plotted attacks on Pakistani, Afghan and Western targets.
A total of 20 US drone strikes have now been reported
in Pakistan`s tribal belt since US commandos found and killed
al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a unilateral airborne raid
on the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.