US drone attacks in tribal belt claim six

January 11, 2013 - 5:38:13 am

MIRANSHAH: US drones fired missiles into a compound and a motorbike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, killing at least six militants yesterday, local security officials said.

It was the fifth American drone strike reported in Pakistan in a week, the heaviest concentration since last August, according to an AFP tally.

Pakistani security officials said US drones fired four missiles — two at a house and another two at a nearby motorbike, killing four militants in the house and two on the bike.

The attack took place in Heso Khel village on the edge of Mir Ali town, around 35km east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a notorious stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants.

“Six drones were in the sky at the time of the attack.” “

One drone fired two missiles at a house while a second drone fired another two at a motorcycle,” a security official based in Miranshah said.

“The compound was completely destroyed, bodies of all those killed were badly mutilated,” the official added, putting the death toll at six.

A local resident said militants were seen collecting burnt bodies.

A security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the attack but said that the identity of the dead was not yet known.

Yesterday’s strike brings to 36 the number of militants reported killed in Pakistan in five drone strikes since January 3.