Officials: Suspected US drone kills 4 militants in Pakistan

January 11, 2012 14:51

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - Missiles fired from unmanned US aircraft killed at least four militants in Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, ending an eight-week pause in the use of a tactic that has become a mainstay of the fight against insurgents.

Drone attacks have been used increasingly in recent years in the fight against insurgents in Pakistan's largely lawless Pashtun tribal areas in the west and northwest who fuel violence across the border in Afghanistan.

Pakistani security and intelligence officials said the missiles hit a home on the outskirts of the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan, killing at least four militants.

Insurgents often dispute official versions of such attacks and the death tolls involved.

The strike was the first such attack since November 17 and could deepen anti-US sentiment in Pakistan, which was already running high after a November 26 cross-border NATO air attack that inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

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