| GEO Pakistan|
| Suspected US predator kills four in NWA|
| Updated at: 0325 PST, Sunday, March 28, 2010|
PESHAWAR: A US drone fired two missiles into compounds in Mir Ali area of North Wazrisitan Agency (NWA), killing four people and leaving another five seriously wounded on late Saturday, security officials said, as military activity intensified in the area.
US drone attacks target Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked commanders in the nuclear-armed country's tribal belt, where Taliban and foreign militants have carved out havens in mountainous areas outside direct government control.
Saturday's attack destroyed buildings used by suspected militants in the suburbs of Mir Ali in North Waziristan district.
The missiles targeted two compounds owned by local tribesmen, a security official told Geo news on condition of anonymity.
"We have confirmation of four people killed and more than five injured," said another Pakistani security official, confirming the US drone attack.
The identities of the dead were not immediately known, nor whether they were locals or foreigners. The tribesmen who owned the compounds were said by local residents to belong to the Taliban and were known to support foreign fighters.
Uzbek militants have strongholds in the area and Arab militants are also present, the Pakistani security officials said.
More than 830 people have been killed in more than 90 US strikes in Pakistan since August 2008, with a surge in the past year as President Barack Obama has put Pakistan at the heart of his fight against Al-Qaeda.
Rights activists and some legal experts charge that the drone strikes in Pakistan and other countries, outside any traditional battlefield, amount to extrajudicial executions in violation of international and US law.