PESHAWAR – At least four people were killed when a US predator drone targeted a house at the border area of North and South Waziristan agencies here on Friday.

Sources said the US drone fired two missiles at a house in Shawal village of North Waziristan Agency killing four people on the spot. Soon after the attack, a large number of local tribesmen gathered at the site to retrieve the dead bodies from the debris. The bodies of the drone victims were beyond recognition. Authorities in North Waziristan confirmed the death toll. Identity of the dead could not be ascertained.

The US launched 46 attacks in 2012 in North Waziristan Agency while 72 strikes were carried out in 2011 and 122 in 2010. A report revealed that over 3,300 people, many of them women and children, were killed in these attacks between June 2004 and December 2012.

Agencies add: An official said the drone fired two missiles on a house believed to be a militant centre. Two suspected militants were also injured in attack. Another official said eight missiles hit the house and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

Sources said the targeted people could be high-profile militants.