Foreign militants among 8 killed in North Waziristan drone strike

MIRANSHAH, Aug 06 (INP): At least eight people including foreign militants were killed and two others injured when US drones fired two missiles on a compound of militants hailing from Haqqani network in Dattakhel area of North Wazirstan Agency here on Wednesday.

The sources said the identity of the militants could not be ascertained, adding that most of those killed were foreigners. Two militants were also injured when the drone fired two missiles on a compound in Dattakhel. This is the fourth such drone strike since the Pakistani military launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the militancy-infested lawless region to wipe out longstanding bases of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups.

The US had suspended drone strikes for around six months when Pakistan was pursuing peace talks with the TTP but resumed the attacks in June after the talks failed. According to sources, the drone fired two missiles on a house, killing eight people. More than 400 militants and 25 soldiers have been killed in the operation so far, according to the military, though the area is off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to verify the number and identity the dead independently.INP

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