Officials: US drone attacks kill at least 4 in Pakistan

By REUTERS
January 23, 2012 10:49

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - US drone aircraft fired missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Monday, killing at least four militants, intelligence officials and tribesmen said, the latest strikes in a resumption of the air campaign.

The unacknowledged Central Intelligence Agency drone program, a key element in US President Barack Obama's counter-terrorism strategy, was seemingly paused after a Nov. 26 NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, triggering fury. The United States resumed the program on Jan. 10.

In Monday's attacks, two missiles hit a vehicle in the village of Degan, and another two struck a house in nearby Mohammedkhel village.

Intelligence officials said the strike on the vehicle killed mostly Turkmen, who were possibly members of al-Qaida. There may be more casualties, the officials added.


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