South Asia

Pakistan drone attack kills eight in North Waziristan

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Eight militants died when missiles fired by a suspected US drone hit a house in north-western Pakistan, local security officials say.

They said the raid targeted a militant hideout in Shawal district in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.

It is the 10th drone strike this month in the region, a stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The attacks have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-American sentiment in the country.

An official in Miranshah, North Waziristan's main town, told the BBC that three people where injured in the attack.

He said all the dead and injured belonged to the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of Taliban which dominates the area.

Local residents told the BBC that at least six missiles were fired and that the drones kept hovering over the area for some time after the strike.

Pakistan publicly objects to the strikes, but analysts believe such raids have the private backing of officials.

The American military does not routinely confirm drone operations, but analysts say the US is the only force capable of deploying such aircraft in the region.