The airstrike was targeting the stronghold of Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
A U.S. drone strike targeting a Taliban-linked warlord killed at least six militants in North Waziristan on Sunday morning, security officials said.
The strike was aimed at the stronghold of prominent warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, as well as the nearby base of an Uzbek commander in North Waziristan, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts that border Afghanistan.
“A U.S. drone fired two missiles which hit a compound and a vehicle in Alwara Mandi of North Waziristan … killing six terrorists,” said a senior security official on condition of anonymity. The area has been a hub for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants since the early 2000s.
Another security official confirmed the strike and casualties.
The area is generally off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.
Bahadur, once seen as “pro-Pakistan,” is unhappy with the military offensive in North Waziristan. He is aligned with the feared Haqqani network, which is frequently accused of sending fighters and suicide bombers against U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.