x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

US missile attack pounds Pakistan

Suspected American missiles have hit a house in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing seven alleged militants.

Suspected American missiles hit a house in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border today, killing seven alleged militants - the latest strike in a ramped up campaign against al Qa'eda and Taliban fighters in the rugged tribal region, intelligence officials said.

The drone strike in North Waziristan was the third attack there in the past 24 hours. The region is home to hundreds of Pakistan and foreign Islamist militants, many belonging to or allied with al Qa'eda and the Taliban. It is also the base of a powerful insurgent group that US officials say is behind many of the attacks just across the border in Afghanistan.

Today's airstrike in the Datta Khel area killed five unidentified "foreign" and two local militants, three intelligence officials said. They did not give their names.