Islamabad: At least eight militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.
According to officials, the attack occurred at around 3 a.m. when an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fired two missiles on a compound in Dattakhel area, around 35 km west of Miranshah, Dawn online reported. The dead militants belonged to the Punjabi Taliban faction of the Pakistani Taliban, the officials said.
This is the third such drone strike since the Pakistani military launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan region to wipe out bases of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups. On July 16, 20 militants were killed in Dattakhel area when four missile strikes from a UAV pounded a compound of suspected militants.
On July 10, a US drone killed at least six people in North Waziristan. The Pakistan government has repeatedly condemned the US drone strikes, saying these were counter-productive and unacceptable as they violated the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The US drone strikes have been targeting militants in Pakistan since 2004.
Photos: Salman Khan returns from Jodhpur to Mumbai
Pics: Sidharth Shukla-Rashami Desai's sizzling chemistry at TV show launch
Ooh La Lana! WWE Diva flaunts sexy curves in these 30 pictures
15 'peach' perfect photos of Priyanka Chopra at People's Choice Awards 2017
62 going on 16: These photos of Rekha prove she is 'forever young'