Drone Strike Kills Six in Pakistan's Troubled North Waziristan

Image: Pakistani tribal people arrive in Bannu
Pakistani tribal people arrive in Bannu, Pakistan on Wednesday. Thousands of villagers fled as Pakistan's army relaxed a curfew in troubled North Waziristan. B.K. Bangash / AP

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least six people were killed and four others injured in a U.S. drone strike Wednesday morning in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region, a local security official told NBC News.

"The drone fired four missiles and hit a house and vehicle at Danday Darpakhel village in Miranshah" in the region where Pakistani forces began a major military operation against local and foreign militants four days ago, the security official said.

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A large number of people surrounded the area after the strikes and retrieved the victims from the debris, the official said.

There was no immediate information about the identities of the victims. The area was previously considered a stronghold of the Haqqani network, a faction of the Afghan Taliban.

At least 16 people, all suspected to be foreign militants, were killed in two drone strikes in North Waziristan last week in the first U.S. drone attacks in the region since Christmas Day.

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