US drone strike kills six in North Waziristan

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Six suspected militants have been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency.

Intelligence sources said that a US drone fired two missiles on a compound and a vehicle in Doa Toi area of Datakhel tehsil in North Waziristan Agency. The attack killed six suspected militants and destroyed the compound.

The identity of the militants is yet to be confirmed but some sources said the dead may include a key figure.

The government of Pakistan condemned the US drone strike, saying Pakistan considers such strikes a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially at a time when authorities are engaged in taking decisive action against terrorist elements in North Waziristan Agency.

“Pakistan demands a cessation of such strikes in future,” the statement adds.

North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives, among others.

Pakistan’s military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named Zarb-e-Azb, against Taliban militants in the region.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country’s citizens oppose these strikes.