Islamabad: US drones targeted Taliban militants gathered in a house in the South Waziristan tribal region on , killing at least 10 of them in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by CIA-operated spy planes despite protests from Pakistan government.

The drone struck in Barmal area of South Waziristan tribal agency, TV news channels quoted officials as saying.

The spy planes fired four missiles at the house, where militants had gathered to condole the death of a commander killed in another drone strike on Sunday.

At least 10 of them were killed and several others were injured, local residents said.

The house caught fire after the missiles slammed into it.

TV news channels quoted officials as saying that some foreign militants were among those killed.

Reports said that the dead men belonged to a Taliban faction led by Mullah Nazir.

Two commanders of the faction were killed in Saturday’s drone attack.

There have been seven drone strikes since May 23.

Most of the strikes were carried out in North Waziristan, described by US and Afghan officials as a safe haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda elements.

Since Saturday, the drone strikes have focussed on South Waziristan, where Pakistan army had conducted an operation to flush out the Taliban three years ago.



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