First drone strike since Obama speech kills six militants

AFP-JIJI

A drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, the first such attack since U.S. President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for the controversial tactic.

The strike on the village of Chashma near Miran Shah, in the lawless Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold of North Waziristan on the Afghan border, wounded two others.

Security sources said a senior Pakistani Taliban commander was among the dead, though his identity has not been confirmed.

“At least six militants have been killed and two wounded,” a security official in Miran Shah said.

A resident in Miran Shah said he saw militants carrying six coffins in vehicles and sending them to Chashma, some 2 km east of Miran Shah.

Drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, where the government publicly denounces them as a violation of sovereignty, but Obama last week defended their legality and outlined new rules for their use.