US drone strike in pakistanAccording to Pakistani security officials, a US drone targeted a compound in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan on Sunday.

The missile attack, the first by an unmanned American drone in Pakistan for at least a month, came in Dehgan village, 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in lawless North Waziristan.

The drone strike targeted two horse riders in Degan village of North Waziristan tribal region’s Datta Khel area. The targeted persons and their ride died on the spot, Pakistan’s Dawn News reported.

Security officials in northwestern city of Peshawar, which lies on the edge of the tribal region, said the man was believed to be a “foreign national” — a term officials use to describe Al-Qaeda linked militants.

North Waziristan is one of seven tribal districts on the rugged border with Afghanistan which are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The US has persisted with its drone campaign in the tribal belt despite Pakistan describing the attacks as counter-productive and a violation of its sovereignty.

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