16 July 2014, 11:40

US drone kill 15 rebels in north-western Pakistan

US drone kill 15 rebels in north-western Pakistan

A US drone killed 15 rebels in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, as the military intensified its offensive to recapture a second key town controlled by Taliban insurgents. Separately, airstrikes by Pakistani fighter jets killed 35 rebels when they tried to break a cordon laid by the army in the Shawal area near the Afghan border, dpa reports.

The US drone targeted a compound and vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, two intelligence officials told dpa.

"We have information that 15 militants are confirmed dead in the attack. Most of them are Uzbek nationals," one official said. "The death toll may go up."

It was the second drone strike this month in the region where the Pakistani military launched an offensive on June 15 to drive out local and foreign militants linked with al-Qaeda.

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