US missile strikes kill 9 militants in Pakistan
Two US drone aircraft fired missiles into northwestern Pakistan just hours apart on Wednesday killing nine suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Peshawar: Two US drone aircraft fired missiles into northwestern Pakistan just hours apart on Wednesday killing nine suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The strikes were targeting militants holed up in the North Waziristan tribal region, which is dominated by Afghans launching attacks on US forces and its NATO allies forces across the border.
Washington wants Islamabad to launch a military offensive in the region, and in its absence has been relying on the missile strikes to take out militants.
In the first attack, the unmanned aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle in the Qutab Khel area of Miran Shah, the main town in the region. The slain insurgents were from Uzbekistan, the officials said.
In the second attack, missiles struck a house and a vehicle in Khaso Khel village near Mir Ali, killing four other suspected militants.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said their agents were still trying to get more details.
North Waziristan is too dangerous for outsiders to visit and independently confirm the attacks. US officials do not acknowledge firing the missiles, much less discuss who they are targeting.
There were at least 20 such US missile strikes in the region in October.
Government officials were not immediately available for comment. Pakistan has publicly denounced the drone attacks and urged Washington to transfer technology to Islamabad so that its military could launch any such attacks on its own.