10 militants killed in US drone strike in northwest Pak

Stepping up attacks on Taliban hideouts on the Af-Pak border, a US drone on Wednesday fired missiles at a house in the restive tribal belt in northwest Pakistan, killing 10 militants and injuring several others.

Two missiles were fired at a suspected militant position in Danday Darpa Khel, two kilometres north of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, killing the militants, officials said.

The exact identity of the dead militants and the group to which they belonged could not immediately be ascertained.

This was the fifth missiles strike in the region over the past six days.

North Waziristan is a hot bed of al-Qaeda operatives and Taliban fighters associated with the Haqqani network that are engaged in battle against the US and NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan.

More than 1040 militants have been killed in over 120 drone strikes since August 2008. Those killed include Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, al-Qaeda's no. 3 Abu Mustafa al-Yazeed and some other top operatives of the terror group.

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