World Bulletin/News Desk
An unmanned US predator drone struck a vehicle on Saturday killing four suspected militants and injuring two in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan, officials have said.
A senior intelligence official stationed in the region told the Anadolu Agency, on condition of anonymity, that a US drone fired two missiles on a vehicle in the Margha area that lies on Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
This was the sixth drone strike in the lawless region, dubbed as a heartland of militancy by the US, in the last week alone - raising the total number of deaths to 30.
The ongoing spate of strikes has been targeting the two remote regions of Shawwal and Datta Khel.
It is here, according to Pakistani and US intelligence officials, that Taliban militants are regrouping after being ousted from the main towns of North Waziristan by a large-scale military operation launched on June 15.
Independent sources and human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, blame the US for killing civilians -- including women and children -- through drone attacks in the Waziristan region.
The US administration denies these claims.
Although Pakistan refutes accusations of collusion with the US with regards to drone strikes, many believe that the latter enjoys the former's tacit support.
So far, nearly 3,400 people have been killed in approximately 400 drone attacks since 2004, of whom -- according to Pakistani intelligence officials and human rights organizations -- 70 percent were unarmed civilians.
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