x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Drones kill militants in Khyber district

A salvo of US missiles has killed 10 militants in Pakistan, targeting Khyber district for a second day running.

A salvo of US missiles has killed 10 militants in Pakistan, targeting Khyber district for a second day running as Barack Obama urged Islamabad to do more to root out terror havens.

Twin drone strikes destroyed compounds in Khyber, officials said, the tribal district nearest to the northwestern capital of Peshawar and this week seemingly subject to an expansion of the covert American campaign.

The strikes hit two different villages in Tirah, the same valley where a US drone attack on Thursday killed seven militants in either the first or second such strike in Khyber, local officials said.

They said the first strike today destroyed a compound in the Sipah area of Tirah, killing at least five militants. A drone then fired two missiles into another compound in the Malakdin Khel area.

"Five militants were killed in the second strike. All of them were local TTP militants," one security official in Peshawar said, referring to Pakistan's main Taliban faction known as Tehreek-e-Taliban.

Officials warned that the death toll could rise.