The US conducted two more airstrikes in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today, killing eight “militants” in an area known to host al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist groups.
Just after midnight, the CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers first struck a compound in the village of Haider Khel near the town of Mir Ali. Eight missiles were fired at the compound, which was thought to be owned by an “important Taliban leader,” The Nation reported; however, it is unclear if he was killed in the strike. Five people are reported to have been killed. A Pakistani security official told AFP that four “militants” were killed in the strike.
The US drones then fired several more missiles at a compound in the nearby village of Eissu Khel. Three people were reported killed in the strike, but it is unclear if they were militants or civilians.