MIRANSHAH - A US drone launched a missile attack on a compound in North Waziristan in the wee hours of Friday killing four suspected militants and injuring three others, sources said. At least two missiles targeted a house in Miranshah Bazaar in North Waziristan, they said.

The attack took place at about 3 am. “Two missiles hit a house and four militants were killed,” sources said.  Another source said that upper portion of a shop being used as a guestroom was targeted in the attack.  The shop was also completely destroyed. It has been learnt that foreigners were also among dead.

Agencies add: Witnesses said the attack triggered a fire which destroyed the building. The compound was located in the money changers market in the commercial district. An intelligence official also put the toll at four dead and said two people were wounded. He said local people including Taliban were engaged in rescue work.

Officials said the identity of the dead militants was not immediately known. Armed men, covering their faces with scarves, were seen collecting belongings including blood stained clothes and documents from the rubble. Militants ringed the area and barred entry to the house.  The blast destroyed five shops including a bakery, three grocery shops and a telephone kiosk. “I was sleeping in my home when a deafening sound woke me up,” resident Yousuf Khan said.

“Fearing that my house has been attacked, I peeped out of my window and saw flames raging from the building facing my house. Two men holding Kalashnikov rifles warned me to go inside. I shut the window and went to sleep.”