Missiles believed to have been fired by US Predator drones hit Taliban hideouts in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region near Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least nine Taliban militants, officials said.
The attack came as the Pakistan’s military claimed it had killed 34 militants and apprehended seven in North West Frontier Province in the last 24 hours to Thursday evening.
The suspected US airstrikes targeted a militant training facility and a house near Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan tribal district, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
“According to our local sources, nine Taliban were killed in both strikes,” the official said.
All those killed were members of militant group led by warlord Mullah Nazir.
The training centre was being run by Nazir’s commander Malang Wazir. It was not clear whether he was killed in the attacks.
Taliban militants cordoned off the two sites and started searching the rubble for survivors.