U.S. drone strike kills 6 in Pakistani tribal area
At least six suspect militants were killed in an early Sunday morning U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, local media reported citing official sources, Xinhua reported.
Two unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house allegedly used by militants in Newey Adda village in sub-district Datta Khel near Miranshah, the administrative center of North Waziristan.
The house was completely destroyed and six bodies were recovered from the debris, official sources said. However, the identity of the perished militants could not be known.
Some 24 people were killed in four most recent drone strikes last week in North Waziristan, one of the safe heaven for Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.
More than 1,000 people have so far been killed in U.S. drone strikes in northwest Pakistani tribal areas since August 2008, raising serious concerns over destruction of civilian properties and an alarming civilian death ratio. International watchdogs including Amnesty International have estimated that approximately 25 civilians were killed for each militant slain in controversial U.S. drone strikes in mountainous Pakistani tribal areas.