US drones targeted a vehicle and a compound in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan on Sunday, killing six suspected militants.
The CIA-operated spy planes fired six missiles at the house and the vehicle in Datta Khel area, which has witnessed numerous drone attacks over the past two years. The strike took place in an area located a few kilometres from Miranshah, the main town in the tribal district.
Two suspected militants were injured in the attack, officials told TV news channels. The large number of missiles fired seemed to indicate an important militant was targeted.
Residents of Miranshah said on phone that armed Taliban fighters arrived at the site and removed the bodies. Drones had been flying over the area since Sunday morning; the strike was launched at 11.45am. Locals said they had not approach the site because of fears of another missile strike.
This was the third drone attack in Waziristan in four days. At least 11 suspected militants, including a Taliban commander, were killed in strikes in South and North Waziristan last Thursday. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had on Saturday said that no permission had been given to the US to launch drone attacks on targets inside Pakistan.
“There is no such permission,” Gilani, who is in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, told a group of Pakistani expatriates.
The drone attacks were one of the reasons why Pakistan-US relations had deteriorated in recent months, Gilani said.