Pakistani officials said a United States drone strike killed at least nine suspected militants on Saturday in the country’s North Waziristan region, as the second US drone strike in a week.
A predator drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in the valley of Shawal near Afghanistan border, according to a military official, cited by Anadolu Agency.
Pakistani security forces launched an offensive in late May against the Taliban to try to push them from North Waziristan, a stronghold area for the group which is controlled by Khan "Sajna" Said, whose name was added to the US "specially designated global terrorists" list last year.
Since the beginning of the offensive, backed by US air strikes, more than 50 militants, but also many civilians have been killed, according to watchdogs.
Amnesty International and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism data showsaround 3,500 people have been killed in more than 400 air strikes in Pakistan since 2004, and 70 percent of the victims were unarmend civilians.