U.S. drone strike kills 6 in Pakistan's tribal area
At least six people were killed Monday as a suspected U.S. drone attacked northwest Pakistan's tribal area of North Waziristan, local sources said.
Locals said a pilotless American Predator aircraft fired three missiles into the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, destroying a vehicle and causing the casualties, Xinhua reported.
The U.S. has intensified the cross-border strike in Pakistan's tribal belt where foreign and local militants' networks are believed to present, including Huqqani network which the U.S. blames for violence in Afghanistan.
In 2010, nearly 300 people have been killed in 42 drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas so far. Among them, 41 attacks hit North Waziristan, targeting assumed militants hideouts.
The U.S. since long has been pressing Pakistan to start military operation in North Waziristan to clear the region from militants' network, saying it would help the U.S. in bringing stability in Afghanistan.