PESHAWAR - At least five suspected militants have been killed in a US drone strike on Thursday in North Waziristan, according to a media report.

The report quoted official sources as saying that the US drone fired two missiles on a compound in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.

It said that there was confirmation of five dead and also some injured. It said the dead also includes a high value target.

North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.

Pakistan's military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named 'Zarb-i-Azb', against Taliban militants in the region which is still under way.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose these strikes.

Al Qaeda confirms death of Adil Qudoos

Al Qaeda’s sub-continent branch on Thursday confirmed that a former affiliate of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Major (retd) Adil Qudoos, had been killed in a US drone strike earlier in November, according to a report.

According to the group’s spokesperson Usama Mehmood, Qudoos was killed by the strike in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region on November 9.

A military court had sentenced Qudoos to six years in prison in 2003 after the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Kahlid Sheikh Muhammd was arrested from the Rawalpindi house of his brother Ahmad Qudoos. After Adil Qudoos’ release in 2008, the former Army official joined al Qaeda and moved to the Waziristan tribal region along with his family.

Qudoos was not the only one to die in that strike. His  brother-in-law Dr Sarbuland, known among militants as Abu Khalid, along with his two sons Uzair (13) and Suleman (15), were also killed in the attack. Dr Sarbuland used to run a hospital for militants in North Waziristan.

Both, Qudoos and Dr Sarbuland, had previously survived bombings in Miranshah, the spokesperson added.

“The Americans are claiming to be the champions of the children rights, but their drone targeted children,” Usama Mehmood said.