A U.S. drone aircraft struck suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal areas on Wednesday, breaking a five-month pause in the attacks, Pakistani security officials said.
Officials said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles, hitting a car and a house in the North Waziristan tribal area Wednesday evening.
It marked the first strike by the
The strike came less than two weeks after U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, former commander of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview with CNN’s “
"We no longer have that concern they have this pawn they can play against us," Mattis said.
Residents reached by telephone Wednesday night said that drone aircraft continued to hover over North Waziristan throughout the day. The missile strikes were heard some 15 miles away from the blast site in the village of Tabbi, said Muhammad Khalil, a resident of the town of Miramshah.
Four Uzbek nationals were reported killed, but that could not be independently verified.
Also Wednesday, an Uzbek militant group based in Pakistan's tribal areas said it participated in a deadly raid on the airport in the Pakistani city of Karachi that left 36 people dead, including 10 assailants. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant activity, said the claim was published on the website of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, one of many Islamist organizations operating in lawless northeast Pakistan, the Associated Press reported.
Pakistani officials had earlier said that some of the militants who participated in the Sunday night attack, which shocked the country and forced the closure of its largest air hub, were of Uzbek and Chechen origin.