Two separate drone strikes killed at least seven suspected militants—including four foreign extremists—in northwest Pakistan on Friday, Pakistani officials said.
The strikes, which are believed to have been carried out by U.S. drones, took place in the isolated Shawal Valley of the North Waziristan tribal region, an area known for sheltering extremists from the Taliban and al-Qaeda and where the Pakistani army has been mounting an operation against Pakistani Taliban insurgents.
The first strike targeted a vehicle carrying foreign militants about 40 miles west of North Waziristan’s regional headquarters. One Pakistani security official told The New York Times, "What we have heard is that four Uzbeks were killed in that strike." The Times reported the death toll to be at least nine suspected militants.
In the second strike, four people were killed after a drone fired two missiles into a compound in the village of Kund in the Shawal Valley. Pakistani officials told the Associated Press that the compound was being used as a training facility by the group's commander, Qari Imran, but it was unclear whether he was present at the time of the strikes. The U.S. does not comment on its drone operations in Pakistan.