Drone strike at compound kills three in NW

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a compound killed three persons in North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Wednesday, security officials said.

“Several US drones flew into the area before dawn and fired two missiles on a compound, killing three suspected militants,” a security official said after the strike in Mir Ali Tehsil area, of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region.

Another security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the attack and casualties.

Casualty figures are difficult to obtain, but a report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve estimated last month that 474 to 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012. (agencies)