US drone strike kills four in Pakistan
A suspected US unmanned drone aircraft on Friday fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan's restive tribal region along Afghan border, killing four people, security officials said, DPA reported
The attack was carried out in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, a known hotbed of al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters launching cross border raids into Afghanistan on NATO-led international forces.
"The missile strikes destroyed the vehicle and killed three of the four people in it on the spot. The fourth person succumbed to his injuries around an hour later," said a local intelligence who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The identity of those killed was not immediately known.
The United States has stepped up its covert drone campaign against Islamist insurgents in Pakistan's rugged tribal region, particularly in North Waziristan that serves as the bastion for fighters led by Afghan Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani.
The Haqqani network is accused for dozens of deadly attacks on NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, at least 20 alleged militants were killed in two separate US drone attacks in North Waziristan.
The US does not officially acknowledge these attacks but its the only country that has deployed drone aircraft, armed with missiles, in the region.
Pakistani intelligence officials have claimed that more than 100 drone attacks in tribal region this year have killed dozens of Taliban fighters and al-Qaeda operatives, including some European nationals.
The claims cannot be verified independently since the access for journalists and aid workers to the areas remains very restricted.