US Drone Targets Compound in North Waziristan, Four killed


Miranshah: A US drone fired two missiles at a compound in a North Waziristan suburb late on Wednesday, killing at least four suspected militants.

According to reports, the drone attack, first of its nature in Pakistani territory in almost three weeks, took place near Qutab Khel village on the outskirts of Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

The identity of the deceased couldn’t be ascertained because of their charred bodies. But the officials believe that all those killed were Afghan origin.

Panic gripped the area following the attack as unmanned aircraft kept flying over the area till wee hours of Thursday morning.

The relations between US and Pakistan have been strained over controversial CIA-operative strikes at several occasions. Islamabad terms drone strikes counterproductive and the violation of its territorial integrity while Washington describes them as a successful weapon in war against terrorism.

Earlier this month, backing Pakistan’s stance, United Nations (UN) General Assembly had adopted a unanimous resolution against the drone strikes. The resolution urged US to comply with international laws while utilizing its unmanned aerial vehicles against suspect militants in the foreign territories. This was the first time that issued of drone strikes was raised in UN General Assembly.

More than 3000 people have killed in nearly 400 drone strikes in the tribal belt since 2004.