August 21, 2010

US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan: officials

AFP

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan Four militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Saturday, security officials said.

The missiles targeted a compound used by militants in Kutabkhel village, some three kilometres south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, a security official based in Peshawar told AFP.

"A US drone fired four missiles. They targeted a compound and also a car outside the compound," the official said.

The drone strike was also confirmed by two intelligence officials in Miranshah.

"Four militants have been killed in this attack," one of the intelligence official told AFP.

"The strike took place just before Azan (call for the Ramadan prayer)," said the official.

Residents in Miranshah said that militants surrounded the site after the attack.

Security officials said that those killed in the strike were local militants, and they were checking whether there were any "high-value targets" among the dead.

Surrounding the site after the strike.. to keep the locals away could be a sign a HVT was among the dead..

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