The un-manned spy-crafts continued their low-alitutde flights in the area after the incident, according to local residents. -File Photo
MIRAMSHAH, (Dawn): At least six suspected militants were killed and three others wounded in a US drone strike on a compound in Ghulam Khan Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency near the Pak-Afghan border.
Official intelligence sources told Dawn.com that the drone fired three missiles on a compound believed to be owned by the Haqqani network of Afghan Taliban in the village of Darga Mandi.
Six suspected militants were killed whereas three others were injured in the strike.
The un-manned spy-crafts continued their low-alitutde flights in the area after the incident, according to local residents.
“The identity of the dead could not be ascertained at this hour but this areas is mostly inhibited by the Afghan Haqqani Network of Taliban,” officials said.
US drone missiles have targeted areas near the Afghan border, including North Waziristan, the main stronghold for various militant groups aligned with al Qaeda and the Taliban, since 2004.
Pakistanis have been angered by reports of civilian casualties and what they see as an abuse of their sovereignty.
Hours after the strike, the Foreign Office issued a statement saying drone strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that Pakistan had repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to these.
The government “has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications”, the statement said.