More than 500 Pakistanis
--among them suspected militants as well as many civilians --have
so far been killed in the attacks by the US drones.
A US drone has fired a missile into a base of Pakistani Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud in northwest Pakistan, killing at least three people.
"We have received reports of a drone attack near Makeen and we are checking
how many people were killed or wounded," a Pakistani military official said
Tuesday, referring to an area in the South Waziristan near the Afghan border
where Tehrik-i-Taliban's leader Baitullah Mehsud is based.
"A missile attack by a suspected US drone took place in rugged mountainous
terrain in Neej Narai," said another Pakistani security official wanted not
to be named.
Neej Narai, 60 kilometers northeast of Wana, the main town in South
Waziristan, is known as a stronghold of Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah
Although the US military maintains a silence policy on drone attacks; it is
believed to be the only operating force in Afghanistan that conducts drone
attacks in the region.
At least 500 Pakistanis -- suspected militants as well as many civilians --
have been killed in the drone attacks.