South Asia News
Suspected US missile strike kills four in north-west Pakistan
Aug 16, 2011, 8:16 GMT
Islamabad - At least four people were killed Tuesday when a suspected US drone aircraft targeted a compound in Pakistan's north-western tribal region along the Afghan border, an intelligence official said.
The pre-dawn attack took place near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, one of the seven tribal districts and a safe haven for al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
An intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity said four people were killed when the drone fired two missiles at a mud-compound, which destroyed it.
'Three women and one child are included in the dead,' he said.
North Waziristan is considered a stronghold of the Haqqani militant group, which carries out attacks on NATO and Afghan forces across the border.
Dunya television said it was the 150th drone attack this year, and noted that the attacks have killed more than 1,000 people including militants and civilians.
The death toll cannot be verified through independent sources as the areas are largely inaccessible to media and aid workers.
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