U.S. drone attack kills 4 militants in Pakistan’s tribal area

At least four militants were killed and five others wounded in a suspected United States drone missile strike in North Waziristan tribal agency, local TV channel reported Thursday.

The attack took place late on Wednesday night in Shanakhora village of North Waziristan, the Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border. Washington said insurgent fighters are hiding out in the area and planning attacks on Western troops stationed in neighbouring Afghanistan.

“It was a U.S. drone attack which targeted a militant compound, killing four militants and wounding five others,” a senior security official in the area told the private TV GEO news.

He said two missiles were fired from a U.S. drone. Another security official confirmed the attack.

U.S. drone plane’s flights are still underway over the area, witnesses said, adding that the attack pounded militants hideout established in a house.

The U.S drones regularly hit hideouts of the militants in the Pakistani tribal region, which Washington considers as the center of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.

Pakistan opposes the U.S. strikes inside the country’s tribal regions and seeks the drone technology. But the U.S. does not accept Islamabad’s request.