US drone strike kills 6 militants in northwest Pakistan

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 18:27

Peshawar: At least six militants were killed and four others injured in a US drone strike on two rebel compounds in northwest Pakistan`s restive tribal region today, security officials said.

The drone fired four missile targeting two compounds in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency, killing six militants and injuring four others.

The reports said that dead militants were of foreign-origin. The US has not stopped its drone campaign despite repeated protests from Pakistan, which describes the attacks as violation of its sovereignty and counter-productive for the war on terror.
US officials maintain the strikes have eliminated a lot of high-ranking Al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry had hinted towards an end of the drone campaign in the tribal areas of Pakistan, as he said on August 1 that the signature strikes could end "very soon".
This was the first time that a senior US official had indicated that there could be a definitive end to the programme, which the CIA has in the past called an effective counter-terrorism weapon.


First Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 18:27

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