Updated: 07/19/2014 06:43 | By Agence France-Presse

US drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan: officials

A US drone strike targeting a Pakistani Taliban compound on Saturday killed eight insurgents in the country's restive northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, officials said.


US drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan: officials

This photograph taken on July 9, 2014 shows a Pakistani soldier during a military operation against Taliban militants, in the main town of Miranshah in North Waziristan - by Aamir Qureshi

"The drone fired eight missiles on the compound in the early hours of Saturday killing eight members of the Punjabi faction of the Pakistani Taliban," a senior security official in the region told AFP.

The incident occurred in the Mada Khel suburb of Data Khel, a town that lies around 22 miles (36 kilometres) west of North Waziristan's capital Miranshah.

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