Islamabad (dpa) – A suspected US drone strike killed 10 militants in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, amid a military offensive in the region known as al-Qaeda’s hub. The unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at a vehicle and a compound in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region, a military and an intelligence official told dpa.
“We have information from our men on the ground that 10 militants have been killed in the drone strike this morning,” the intelligence official said. Both requested anonymity. Militants linked to al-Qaeda and its ally the Pakistani Taliban controlled North Waziristan for almost a decade and used the region for cross-border attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan.
But they have been on the run since the Pakistani military launched an offensive there from mid-June. The army said it had killed more than 1,100 militants in over three months of campaigning but such claims are difficult to verify independently.