DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Unmanned US aircraft fired missiles at houses in two parts of northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 12 militants in attacks that occurred hours apart, intelligence officials said.
The United States has launched more than 100 missile strikes in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal area along the Afghan border over the past several years. Most of them have targeted militants in North and South Waziristan, important sanctuaries for Afghan and Pakistani Taliban fighters.
The first strike took place around midday when aircraft fired four missiles at a house in Shaktoi, a village along the border of North and South Waziristan, killing five suspected militants, intelligence officials said. The attack also wounded four suspected militants, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Later, two missiles hit a house in Taipi village near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, killing seven suspected militants, said the officials.
The strikes came a day after US missiles targeting a compound in the Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan killed 16 suspected militants.
The United States refuses to publicly acknowledge the CIA-run drone program in Pakistan.