More deadly US drone attacks hit Pakistan

U.S. drone aircraft on Tuesday fired more than a dozen missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan, killing at least 14.

More deadly US drone attacks hit Pakistan


U.S. drone aircraft on Tuesday fired more than a dozen missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan, killing at least 14.

It was the third drone missile strike on militants in northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan this week.

The drone attack was in Dattakhel village, about 30 km (20 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

"Three missiles hit a vehicle and three militants sitting in it were killed," said an intelligence agency official in the region, who declined to be identified.

The drones then attacked a nearby compound, firing about 12 missiles into it.

"The militants have cordoned off the area so far they've retrieved 11 bodies from the debris," said a second security official. "The death toll may rise because the militants are still searching for bodies."

There was no word on the identity of any of the alleged fighters.

US forces have been waging a "covert" drone offensive against suspected Taliban fighters in the country's northwestern tribal belt.

More than 900 people have been killed in over 100 drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008.

Agencies

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