6 militants killed in US drone attack in Pak

Islamabad: Stepping up a campaign against militants holed up in Pakistan`s tribal areas, a US drone today fired two missiles on a house in North Waziristan, killing six suspected insurgents, officials said.

The latest attack by unmanned spy plane came a week after a drone strike killed Badar Mansoor, a top leader of al-Qaeda in Pakistan who had earlier fought in Jammu and Kashmir.

The drone carried out the attack in Spalgai area, 12 km from Miranshah, the main town in the region and seven others were injured in the missile strike.

Local residents told the media that the drone fired two missiles into the house. The house was destroyed, they said. Security officials confirmed the attack to TV news channels.

Members of the local Taliban faction were the target of the attack, local residents said. At least 10 suspected militants were killed when a US drone had targeted the Spalga area on February 9.

The area is dominated by the militant faction led by commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose fighters target foreign forces across the border in Afghanistan.
This was the second US drone strike in North Waziristan in a week and the seventh this year.

The US resumed drone strikes in Pakistan`s tribal belt in January after a two-month lull following a cross-border NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.