MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti)
At least 11 militants have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, Pakistani Geo TV television reported.
According to Pakistani officials cited by Geo TV, the drones fired eight missiles on Monday at a suspected militant compound in the village of Dre Nishter.
The destroyed compound allegedly housed a group of militants fighting under Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a prominent leader of a Pakistani Taliban faction based in North Waziristan.
The United States claims the mountainous in northwest Pakistan is a hideaway for Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who regularly attack NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has repeatedly criticized strikes by U.S. drones and NATO helicopters on its territory that accidentally kill civilians.
Islamabad imposed a blockade on NATO's ground supply lines to Afghanistan following a NATO airstrike in November last year along the Afghan border which left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead.
Pakistan reopened the supply lines in the beginning of July after Washington offered an unprecedented official apology for the accidental killing of Pakistani troops.
U.S. drone strikes along the Pakistani-Afghan border have intensified since then as the Pentagon considers them to be the most effective tool in fighting against suspected militants in remote and hard-to-access areas.
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