MIRANSHAH, PakistanA US drone attack killed at least four militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district on Sunday, officials said.

“The US drone hit a car immediately after it parked outside a house. Four militants have been killed,” an intelligence official in Miranshah told AFP, adding that the vehicle was completely destroyed and the house badly damaged.

“Preliminary reports said all of them were local militants but we are trying to get more information,” he added.

A second intelligence official said the drone fired two missiles.

The unmanned aircraft launched the missiles in Datta Khel, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of North Waziristan’s main town of Miranshah and a frequent target of the strikes, officials said.

The area close to the Afghan border is a key battleground in the fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.