MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed six rebels in North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Tuesday, security officials said.
“At least six militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a rebel compound in the Miramshah bazaar,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
He said thick smoke was seen coming out of the compound after the strike, adding the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified.
Another security official also confirmed the strike and rise in the death toll, given as three earlier.
More than 60 US drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan so far this year, and dozens since US Navy SEALs killed Bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.
Visiting Islamabad last month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Pakistan to take action within “days and weeks” on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2011.