AWAR (Agencies) - A US drone killed nine people after slamming into a house belonging to an Afghan in North Waziristan late Thursday, security officials said.
A missile was fired from a US drone in Dandy Darpa Khel area, one security official said on condition of anonymity.
The area is considered a stronghold of the Taliban and Afghan former Soviet resistance commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, around five kilometres northwest of Miransha.
Nine people were killed when a missile fired by a US drone hit the house of Afghan national Ahmad Afghani, a security official said. Another intelligence official confirmed the same details.
The identities of the dead were not known. The missile struck a house near a religious school run by Jalaluddin Haqqani in the North Waziristan region, intelligence agency officials said.
There were unconfirmed reports that one of Haqqanis sons is called Ahmad. We are investigating whether it was the son or not, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
The building acted as an office where militants would come to receive orders and rest between bouts of fighting across the border in Afghanistan, local residents and intelligence officials said.
It was not immediately clear whether Ahmad Afghani was present at the time of the attack.
The Haqqani network is a powerful group closely linked to Al-Qaeda and known for its ruthless and sophisticated attacks, including an assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008.