US drone strike kills 11 in North Waziristan

US drones fired off a volley of missiles targeting alleged Al-Qaeda linked fighters in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least 11 militants, security officials said.

The pre-dawn attack — the third in less than 24 hours — was directed at the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based group which is one of the toughest foes for foreign forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

“Several US drones fired seven missiles at two militant compounds early this morning, killing at least 11 militants,” a senior security official told AFP. “The missile strike targeted militants of the Haqqani network.”

The attack took place in the village of Dargah Mandi village on the outskirts of Miranshah, the main town in the troubled North Waziristan tribal district where US missiles killed 15 militants in two separate attacks Tuesday.

Another security official in Peshawar and a local intelligence official confirmed Wednesday’s strike and the death toll.