MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - At least 30 militants were killed in less than 12 hours in a hail of missile strikes by suspected US drone aircraft in Pakistan's northwest region on the Afghan border, a local intelligence official said on Tuesday.
On Monday night, drones fired missiles hitting a vehicle used by militants in North Waziristan, killing six insurgents. Later more missiles were fired, killing 19 in a nearby militant compound, the official said.
The unmanned planes struck again early on Tuesday in neighboring South Waziristan region, killing at least five insurgents in a vehicle.
The United States has stepped up missile attacks by remotely-piloted drones on militant sanctuaries on the Pakistani side of the border since the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US forces in May.