PESHAWAR – As many as 18 militants were killed and five others got injured in three attacks carried out by US drones in Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency, on Wednesday.
In the first attack, a US drone fired missiles on two houses allegedly used by militants as compounds. At least 10 militants were killed and three others wounded in the attack, official sources said.
The targeted houses located in Daga Munadi area of Tehsil Miranshah were totally destroyed in the attack. The rescue operation was started soon after the incident.
In the second missile strike, a car allegedly driven by militants was targeted in Amborshaga area of Dattakhel. Sources said as many as three missiles were reportedly fried from US unmanned aircraft which killed at least four militants, while two others received injuries.
Agencies add: “At least 10 militants were killed in the US drone attack which targeted the compound of a local militant, Abdul Aziz,” a senior security official in the area told AFP, adding that the death toll may rise.
The third US drone attack targeted a compound in Dandey Darpakhel village, five kilometres northwest of Miranshah, killing four more militants, security officials said.
“A US drone fired three missiles, the target was a militant compound. Four militants have been killed but the death toll may rise,” a security official based in Peshawar told AFP.
The official said the nationalities of the dead militants were not yet known.
Two intelligence officials in Miranshah confirmed the attacks and the toll.
More than 1,040 people have been killed in 122 drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008, including a number of senior militants. However, the attacks fuel anti-American sentiment in the country.