US drone kills four in Pakistan’s tribal region

  • PTI, Miranshah, Pakistan
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  • Updated: Sep 30, 2013 01:34 IST

A US drone strike killed four  militants on Sunday in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The attack took place in the Dargamandi area, seven kilometres (four miles) north of Miranshah which is the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region. The area is a bastion of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

“A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing four rebels,” a senior security official said on condition of anonymity.

The area targeted by the drone is said to be the stronghold of Afghanistan’s Haqqani network, a guerrilla faction linked to the Taliban. 

US drone attacks are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, but Washington sees them as a vital tool in the fight against militants in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

 

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