DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Intelligence officials say four suspected US missiles strikes have killed 11 militants in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border. The officials say the strikes occurred Wednesday in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal region.
The target of the drone strike was a house in Inzarkas village in Dattakhel area, around 35 kilometres (20 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. “The drone fired two missiles on a house, at least five militants have been killed,” an intelligence official in Miranshah told. The final attack occurred a half-hour later and targeted militants collecting bodies from the house destroyed in the first strike. The attack killed two militants.
The strike is the latest in a series of US operations in the region which are believed to be targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists plotting attacks on Europe. The United States has massively ramped up its drone campaign in Pakistan’s lawless northwest tribal region on the Afghan border, amid intelligence claims of a Mumbai-style terror plot to launch commando attacks on European cities.
Input from Agencies