MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - A US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed at least 10 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal district along the Afghan border early Saturday, security officials said.
The Pakistani officials said two missiles hit and destroyed the compound in Shawal area, some 70 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.
Waziristan is the most notorious militant stronghold in Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt.
Washington considers it the main hub for Taliban and Al-Qaeda to plot attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
"The death toll in the US drone strike has risen to 10. The drone fired two missiles at the compound," a security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP.
Two security officials in Miranshah confirmed the strike and death toll and added that militants were using the compound as a training centre.
They said the mud compound was completely destroyed.
Officials had earlier put the death toll at six.
The identity of those killed in the strike was yet not known and officials said they were trying to collect more information from the far-flung mountainous area.
Saturday's attack was the second strike since Pakistan's parliament in March approved new guidelines on relations with the United States, which included a call for an end to drone attacks on Pakistani territory.