Death toll in US drone attack rises to 13
The death toll in a drone attack that targeted a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal region on Saturday night rose to 13, intelligence officials said Sunday.
Six other people were injured in the strike on a house in Issoree district of Mir Ali, a major town in tribal North Waziristan, dpa reported.
"The locals continued to dig out the bodies and injured from the debris of the demolished house for hours. The number of those were killed now stands at 13," said a local intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said at least five of the dead were Arabs linked with al-Qaeda.
Another intelligence official confirmed the incident and said that some reports suggested an important al-Qaeda commander might have been the target of the attack.
"We are trying to verify the reports," he said.
It was the first drone attack since raging floods swept through Pakistan, leaving some 20 million people.
The US military has used pilotless aircraft to bomb Taliban and al-Qaeda militants launching cross-border attacks on international forces in Afghanistan from the tribal areas.