14 militants killed in US drone attacks in Pak



14 militants killed in US drone attacks in Pak Peshawar: In a major strike, US drones fired missiles at a suspected Al Qaeda hideout in Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan tribal region killing at least 13 militants and wounding several others.

The unmanned drones fired two missiles at a militant compound at Inzar Kalay, 30 km east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency.

Thirteen bodies were pulled of the debris of the house and the death toll could rise, security sources said.

At least three drones were seen hovering the area after the attack, local residents said.

The sources said that most of the militants killed were "foreigners"- a term used by Pakistani security agencies for Al Qaeda operatives. The nationalities of the victims or whether any high value targets were hit was not immediately known.

This was the first major strike by US drones in the area since June 11, when the UAV's fired a volley of missiles to kill 14 militants.

US drones have repeatedly struck the lawless tribal region, a haven for Taliban and Al Qaida elements, since a suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban killed seven CIA operatives at a forward base in neighbouring Khost province of Afghanistan.

Last month, Al Qaida number three Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was believed to have been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.

There have been about 70 drone strikes in North and South Waziristan this year.

PTI