NORTH WAZIRISTAN: At least four militants were killed when a US drone fired missiles at a compound in Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency on Sunday.
A security official said that a US drone fired two missiles at a compound surrounded by thickets in Manzar Khel area in Datta Khel near Pak-Afghan border, around 40 kilometres towards west of Miranshah.
According to tribesmen in the area, six drones were hovering over the tehsil since afternoon spreading panic among the residents.
In the evening, the drones fired missiles at the compound killing militants, they said adding that fire erupted in the compound after which local militants reached the spot and shifted the bodies to an undisclosed location.
The last drone attack was also reported in the Datta Khel tehsil on March 22. The drone had fired two missiles at a vehicle parked in a bazaar killing four alleged militants.
The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has compiled press reports that indicate US drone strikes have killed up to 3,581 people in Pakistan, including as many as 884 civilians and 197 children since 2004.
The covert strikes are publicly criticised by the Pakistani government as a violation of sovereignty but American officials believe they are a vital weapon in the war against militants.