October 21, 2014

US missile attack kill 3 militants in North Waziristan

By Sadaf Shinwari - Thu Dec 06 2012, 9:50 am

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone fired a pair of missiles at a house in the country’s northwest, killing three suspected militants.

The strike hit Mubarak Shahi village in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan, said the intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

“Militants were using this house as a compound. At least three militants were killed in this drone strike,” a security official based in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP.

Another security official in Miranshah confirmed the attack and said four militants were killed.

The exact identities of the suspected militants were unclear. The area is dominated by prominent local militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. He has focused his fight against Afghan and foreign troops across the border in Afghanistan.

This comes as on Wednesday, a pair of suicide bombers rammed their truck filled with explosives into the gate of an army camp in another part of Pakistan’s tribal region, killing three soldiers and wounding more than 20, intelligence officials said.

Many were wounded when the blast caused the roof of a military hospital at the camp to collapse, said the intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Some of the soldiers were critically wounded, and officials warned the death toll could rise.

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