US missile attack leaves 4 dead in North Waziristan
By Sadaf Shinwari - Thu Jan 10 2013, 10:41 am
Four missiles hit the house in Heso Khel village on the edge of Mir Ali town, around 35km east of Miranshah, the main town in the district of North Waziristan, a notorious stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants.
“A US drone fired four missiles. At least four militants have been killed, the compound was completely destroyed,” a security official based in Miranshah told AFP.
This is the second strike in the village recently. On Tuesday, U.S. drones fired two missiles at a house, killing at least three suspected militants including an al-Qaida-linked operative.
Thursday’s strike is the 6th of its kind in Pakistan in 2013. At least 42 suspected militants have been killed in such strikes so far this year.
The covert strikes are publicly criticised by the Pakistani government as a violation of sovereignty but US officials believe they are a vital weapon in the war against Islamist militants.
There has been a surge in drone strikes in North and South Waziristan, with five attacks recorded since the beginning of the year. Mullah Nazir, a pro-government warlord who sent his militants across the border to attack foreign forces in Afghanistan, was killed in a drone strike last week.