Islamabad: At least ten suspected militants were killed after a US drone targeted a compound in
the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan early Saturday, media reports said.

The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house in Darai Nashtar of North Waziristan. The house was destroyed, a TV channel reported.

Four other drones continued to fly over the area after the attack.

The CIA-operated spy plane fired two missiles at the compound in the mountainous region of Shawal, 70 km from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

The Foreign Office had condemned the last drone attack that killed four suspected militants and a junior American diplomat was summoned for the lodging of an official protest.

The Pakistan Army has so far resisted American pressure to move its troops into North Waziristan, described by US and Afghan officials as a stronghold of al-Qaeda and Taliban elements who carry out attacks on foreign forces across the border in Afghanistan.

There has been a significant drop in drone strikes after Pakistan-US ties plunged to a low last year following the unilateral American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the cross-border NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers


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