U.S. drone strikes targeting a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area killed at least five insurgents Sunday, security officials said, the second attack in 24 hours.
Two U.S. drones fired four missiles at a house belonging to a militant commander in Wacha Dana town, 10 kilometers (six miles) west of Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, Pakistani security officials said.
“At least five militants have died. The house has been badly destroyed,” a security official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
Two other security officials confirmed the strikes. One intelligence officer put the toll at six dead.
Sunday’s attack in South Waziristan was the second in as many days and follows a surge in drone strikes in Pakistan since a NATO conference on Afghanistan in Chicago last month.
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.