At least 7 suspected militants killed in Pakistan drone strike

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least seven suspected militants were killed and four other people were injured when a U.S drone fired two missiles early Friday, striking a house in the Dargah Mandi village in the North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.

The village is located near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Government officials said the drone fired two missiles and razed the structure to the ground. A portion of the house caught fire after the missiles hit.

Officials said seven badly burnt and mutilated bodies were pulled from the wreckage after the drones disappeared.

Villagers said four seriously injured men were also recovered and taken to a hospital in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

There was no way to ascertain the identity of the slain men, but Pakistani security officials based in the restive region said they were militants. The strike was the 20th deadly missile attack carried out by U.S drones on Pakistani soil this year.

Militant groups including the Taliban and al Qaeda operate in the volatile tribal region, often launching attacks on troops and civilians from mountain hideouts on the porous border. 

U.S. drone strikes often target insurgents in lawless and inaccessible North Waziristan, home to both homegrown and foreign militants. 

Reuters contributed to this report.