According to Pakistani security officials, at least 6 suspected militants were killed following a drone strike in northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday.
The officials further added, at least 2 missiles were fired which hit a militants compound near Miranshah killing at least 6 militants.
The attack was confirmed by two other security officials in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, known as a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.
The attack occurred in Spalga village in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.
The United States says Pakistan’s tribal belt provides sanctuary to Taliban fighting in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda groups plotting attacks on the West, and Pakistani Taliban who routinely bomb Pakistan and other foreign fighters.
Pakistani local security officials also said, several other militants were injured during the attack however the officials did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of the militants who were injured.
The latest attack came a week after US missiles killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior Pakistani in al Qaeda, one of America’s main targets in the country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people.
Pakistan’s tribal regions have continueously been targeted by US drones and was doubled after President Barack Obama took office.
President Barack Obama also recently acknowledged the covert CIA-run program in Pakistan for the first time in an interview.