SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
At least seven suspected militants were killed and five others injured on Tuesday in a US drone strike on a compound and a vehicle in the Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region.
Official sources said the US drone fired two missiles at the house and the car in Shawal tehsil’s Kund Ghar area, killing at least seven suspected militants and injuring five others.
Sources added that the compound of militant commander Mustaqeem was targeted in the strike, adding that the identity of the deceased militants is yet to ascertained.
This the third consecutive strike in three days. Earlier on Monday, an unmanned drone killed eight persons and wounded six others in Shawal district of North Waziristan tribal region.
Intelligence sources said the drone targeted the residence of Taliban commander Habib.
Meanwhile, a US drone strike in South Waziristan tribal region’s Shawal area on Sunday killed at least five persons.
North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.
Pakistan’s military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named ‘Zarb-i-Azb’, against Taliban militants in the region which is still under way.
Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country’s citizens oppose these strikes.