US drone attack kills four militants in Pakistan: officials
A US drone strike targeting a house in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Friday killed at least four militants, local security officials said.world Updated: Aug 19, 2011 15:07 IST
A US drone strike targeting a house in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Friday killed at least four militants, local security officials said.
The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles, hitting a house in the Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan, part of the notorious tribal badlands that Washington calls a global headquarters of al Qaeda, the Pakistani officials said.
"Two missiles were fired at the house of a tribal elder where local militants were present," one security official said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to media.
"Four dead bodies have been recovered and two are injured," the official added.
Shin Warsak is 15 kilometres (nine miles) west of Wana, the main town of the district of South Waziristan, considered a militant stronghold.
The security official said initial reports suggested that a group of local militants were present in the house at the time of the attack.
Two other Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed the drone strike and death toll.
First Published: Aug 19, 2011 15:06 IST