A US drone attack has killed at least four militants in a northwestern Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanistan, according to security officials.
The attack took place early Saturday at a house near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district, a known hide-out of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, the Pakistani officials said.
Two other officials confirmed the attack.
Washington considers Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
North Waziristan is a stronghold of the Haqqani network — Afghan insurgents blamed for a series of spectacular attacks on Western targets in Kabul — and Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
Islamabad has been resisting US pressure to launch a sweeping offensive against militants in the area.
Pakistan says the missile attacks are counter-productive, violate its sovereignty, kill civilians and fuel anti-US sentiment.