South Asia

Pakistan drone attack kills six 'militants'

US drone
Image caption There have been frequent drone attacks in Pakistan's border area

Six suspected militants have been killed by missiles fired by a US drone in Pakistan's tribal belt.

The missiles targeted a house in Karikot village near Wana, the main town in South Waziristan district.

The house belonging to a militant commander, Maulana Halimullah, has been destroyed, an official said.

Waziristan is a sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan. The area has seen frequent US drone raids.

Pakistani officials say the US has carried out at least 70 such raids since January.

Pakistan publicly criticises the attacks, saying they fuel support for militants.

But observers say the authorities privately condone the strikes.

In one high-profile attack last August, Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed.