MIRANSHAH: US drones fired a volley of missiles at militant hideouts in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 12 Taliban fighters near the Afghan border, security officials said.
The missile attack took place in Babar Ghar village in South Waziristan, a tribal district bordering Afghanistan which is a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants.
“US drones fired several missiles at two militant compounds. At least 12 militants have been killed and several others were wounded,” a security official in Miranshah said under condition of anonymity.
The official earlier said eight militants were killed.
“There are members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) among those who have been killed,” he said, adding that a close relative of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among the dead.
“Most of the militants were from Punjabi Taliban group and a close relative of Hakimullah Mehsud,” the official said.
Another security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the drone attacks and casualties.