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Drones circled the area prior to the attack.— Photo by AFP/File

MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan early Thursday, killing at least three militants, local security officials said.

The missiles hit a house in Mubarak Shahi village, in Mir Ali, 20 kilometres  east of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal district, which is a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

“Militants were using this house as a compound. At least three militants were killed in this drone strike,” a security official based in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP.

Four missiles were fired at a compund, killing four militants and injuring several others, according to a DawnNews report.

The covert US attacks are unpopular in Pakistan, where the government criticises them as a violation of sovereignty but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against Islamist militants.

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roofi Dec 06, 2012 07:08am
this actually shows the strong and vivid ties between pakistan and US.
Muhammad Dec 06, 2012 08:11am
Briefly-put, American drones is the only control over the terrorist activities in the Waziristan area. Pakistan should be doing something like this on its own, but has no ability. Pakistan should set aside the political issue of sovereignty and let US do that on behalf of Pakistan, free of cost.