US drone strike kills 11 in Pakistan

Two ‘important’ Taliban commanders among dead

MIRANSHAH – A US drone strike targeting a Taliban compound on Saturday killed eleven ‘insurgents’ in the country's tribal region, officials said.

The attack came in North Waziristan, where for the past month the Pakistan Army has been fighting to wipe out longstanding bases of militants. “The drone fired eight missiles on the compound around 2:00am (2100 GMT) on Saturday, killing 11 members of the Punjabi faction of the Taliban," a senior security official in the region told AFP.

The official said the dead included two ‘important commanders’ of the Taliban, but he refused to reveal their identities. An official had earlier given a lower death toll of eight militants dead. The strike took place in the Mada Khel suburb of Data Khel, a town that lies around 22 miles west of Miranshah.

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