Suspected US drone strike kills eight in Pakistan
A suspected US unmanned aircraft fired three missiles into a house in Pakistan's tribal region along Afghan border on Sunday, killing eight people, security officials said, dpa reported.
Two people were injured in the attack in Shiva village near Mir Ali, a main town in North Waziristan district, a known hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants launching cross-border attacks on NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan.
"The missiles fired from the drone demolished the parts of the large compound," said an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A second intelligence official confirmed the incident and the death toll but said that the identities of those killed were unknown.
More than 150 people have died in over two dozen missile strikes since September 3. Some of them are alleged al-Qaeda operatives.
Pakistani intelligence officials claimed earlier this week that eight German militants were killed in a US drone attack. They were believed to be linked with an alleged terror plot to carry out attacks in Britain, France and Germany.
Two Pakistani security officials told the German Press Agency dpa on Saturday that Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, an alleged key al-Qaeda operative of Libyan origin, was killed by an airstrike in North Waziristan on October 7.
The US had placed a 1-million-dollar bounty on al-Rahman, who was appointed by al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as his emissary in Iran to recruit militants and facilitate links with other Islamic groups to work as partners in terror.
Earlier this week, intelligence sources also confirmed the death of another key al-Qaeda member, Fahd Mohammad Ahmed al-Quso, on September 8 in a drone attack in North Waziristan.
Al-Quso had a bounty of 5 million dollars on his head for alleged involvement in the October 12, 2000 bombing of USS Cole in Aden, which killed 17 US sailors.