Pakistani intelligence officials say U.S. drone aircraft have carried out two missile strikes in a northwestern tribal region, killing seven suspected militants.
Officials say the air strikes happened Sunday in the Datta Khel region of North Waziristan, a day after a U.S. drone killed four militants in the same area. U.S. drones have launched almost 20 missile strikes in the Pakistani tribal region this month.
U.S. forces have been waging a drone war against militants linked to the Haqqani network who use North Waziristan as a base to attack NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan. North Waziristan is largely outside the control of the Pakistani government.
Islamabad has protested such attacks in the past, saying they anger the public and undermine its own military campaign against the militants. U.S. officials do not confirm drone operations, but say the strikes have killed several senior Taliban and al-Qaida militants.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.