The US launched the three drone strikes in the past 24 hour in an area known as a terrorist haven in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.
In the first strike, the remotely piloted Predators or the more advanced Reapers fired several missiles at a vehicle in the Mana area in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, according to AFP and Geo News. Five drones were seen circling over the attack site before and after the strike.
Pakistani officials said that between four and six “militants” were killed in the strike, but did not disclose their identities.
In the second strike, a two more “militants” were killed while conducting recovery operations at the scene of the earlier strike.
No senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were reported killed, however the pace of the strikes indicates that the one or more high value targets were the focus of the attacks.
The US has now launched three strikes in Shawal in the past 24 hours. On Saturday, the drones hit a compound in the village of Shuwedar in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, killing six more “militants,” according to Pakistani officials. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry objected to the earlier strike in Shawal, and called the US incursions “a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and also in contravention of international law,” according to Dawn.