On Wednesday, reports from Pakistan said that four militants had been killed by U.S. missiles that were fired from a drone. The drone attack was reported to have taken place near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, said officials from U.S. intelligence.
This was the first strike by a drone in Pakistan since the country’s national elections were held earlier in May.
Wednesday’s strike was also the first since a speech last week by President Barack Obama on the drone program of the U.S. that has been controversial. The speech placed more restrictions on the use of drones in such places as Yemen and Pakistan.
Among the people killed by Wednesday’s drone attack was Wali-ur Rehman considered the Pakistan Taliban’s number two, said three officials.
Pakistan Taliban are a complete different entity that is allied with the Afghan Taliban. Referred to as Tehreeik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the group has launched many devastating attacks against the military in Pakistan and the country’s civilians.
TTP claimed responsibility in 2010 for the Times Square, New York City failed bombing.
The strike on Wednesday was in the tribal region of North Waziristan, a militant stronghold in land that is mountainous bordering Afghanistan.
Intelligence officials in Pakistan said the drone missiles hit a home located in Miran Shah, the biggest town in the North Waziristan region.
Officials in Pakistan said they had not been authorized to speak about the attacks and asked for anonymity. They said they thought the house had been used by the militants, but would give no additional details.
This area of Pakistan is home to many local as well as Afghan militant groups, including fighters linked to al-Qaeda.