U.S. drone attack kills suspected foreign militants in Pakistan

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Two men, suspected to be Arab militants, were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s volatile border region of North Waziristan, local officials told Reuters news agency on Sunday.

The men were riding a motorcycle were struck by missiles in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan on Saturday night, one official said.

Although their identities were not immediately known, the official in Mir Ali said they were Arabs, but another security source in the region told Reuters they were foreign militants of Turkmen origin.

“The two men, probably Arab nationals, were passing through Mosaki village when the drone fired two missiles and hit them,” said the official.

The news agency reported Saturday night’s attack was the third drone attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office last month.

Drones armed with missiles have inflicted the most damage against Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas straddling the Afghan border over the past seven years, sometimes with heavy civilian casualties.

Pakistan’s government has denounced the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty.

(With Reuters)