Wednesday, October 24, 2012
MIR ALI, Pakistan — A U.S. drone fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan today, killing at least one person, intelligence officials said.
There were conflicting reports about whether more than one person was killed in the attack in Tappi Khun Khel village in the North Waziristan tribal area, a major hub for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the strike killed one woman and wounded two men. A second pair of intelligence officials said three people were killed, including one foreigner. It was not clear whether the three dead were men or women or whether they had any link to militancy.
The U.S. regularly carries out drone strikes targeting militants in Pakistan’s tribal region but refuses to discuss the covert CIA program publicly.
Pakistani officials regularly criticize the strikes as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, but the government has assisted some of the attacks in the past.