DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Suspected U.S. drones fired four missiles at two compounds in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing 16 alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday.
The strikes occurred just before midnight Tuesday in Bobar village in the South Waziristan tribal area, a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The two compounds were hit about 20 minutes apart, said the officials. It is unclear how many suspected militants were killed in each compound.
The area where the drone strikes occurred is very remote and has not yet been cleared by the military, said the intelligence officials. There has been at least one strike in this area before.
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Two U.S. drone airstrikes killed at least 16 alleged militants in north-western Pakistan, security officials said Wednesday.
Both strikes took place in South Waziristan, one of the seven tribal districts along the Afghan border where Taliban and al-QaIda fighters are based.
One drone fired two missiles at a center of the Pakistani Taliban, according to an intelligence official who requested anonymity.
"Eighteen minutes later another drone fired two more missiles in the same area at another Taliban center," he said.
"In both attacks 16 militants have been killed," he said.
The remoteness of the area accounted for the delay in reporting the news, the official said. The number and identities of casualties could not be confirmed independently as the area remains largely inaccessible for journalists and aid workers.
On Tuesday, five people were killed in another drone strike in the nearby district of North Waziristan.