MIRANSHAH - At least 15 persons were killed and several others injured early in the morning on Friday when a US drone hit a house with a missile in Danday Darpakhel, a village near Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency. The house is adjacent to a religious seminary run by Taliban leader Maulvi Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani. As per details, the US drone hit the house of Mirza Khan, killing 12 persons on the spot and injuring several others. Three persons reportedly died later as they succumbed to the injuries. Nothing has been ascertained about the identity of the killed and injured persons. The entire house of Mirza Khan was razed to the ground as a result of the attack. The house of Mirza Khan is adjacent to a religious seminary owned by former Afghan minister and Taliban leader Maulvi Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani. The seminary was used as a training centre for the militants. However, the building of the seminary remained completely safe in the attack. It is worth-mentioning here that Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani network is very active for engineering terrorist attacks against the US-led forces in Afghanistan. AFP/Reuters add: The missile hit the house at 3:50am, a security official told AFP. It was a drone attack. The missile targeted a house in Dandey Darpa Khel, he said, adding that the building was badly damaged. So far 13 bodies have been recovered, said the official, who had earlier put the death toll at nine. Those killed in the drone attack were all militants. Some of them were Afghan Taliban, others were local militants, another official said. There was no high-value target, he added. Residents said militants surrounded the compound after the attack and a tractor was used to remove the debris. The compound targeted was a Taliban office, some residents said, adding that Afghan militants also used to visit. The attack caused a huge explosion that forced our doors open, said a Reuters reporter in Miranshah. He said drones were heard flying over the area after the blast. An intelligence official in the region said 12 people were killed in the attack targeting the house while another put the death toll at 15 and said most were Afghans. The first intelligence agency official said the dead included eight women and children. The house was close to a sprawling madrassa set up by Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani, a former veteran Afghan militant commander who is also a senior Taliban leader. Haqqani was in the past known to be close to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Pilotless US drone aircraft attacked Haqqanis complex in September last year, killing 23 people, most of them members of his family. Dandey Darpa Khel also has offices of Mehsuds Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) based in South Waziristan. Fridays strike was the third in the rugged tribal terrain since a US drone missile reportedly killed Taliban chief and feared warlord Baitullah Mehsud in neighbouring South Waziristan on August 5. The US military does not, as a rule, confirm drone attacks but its armed forces and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy drones in the region. Residents of Miranshah said they heard a huge noise, which shattered windows and blew out doors in the town. Shortly after Fridays strike, militants opened fire on a military checkpoint near Miranshah, residents and local officials said. The firing continued for some time and security forces retaliated, an official said, adding that three militants were killed and two paramilitary troops wounded in crossfire. Staff Reporter from Bannu adds: At least 12 militants were killed while three personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) got injured during clashes at Janikhel area on Friday morning. According to details, dozens of militants armed with sophisticated weapons attacked a fort of Frontier Corps (FC). Three FC personnel identified as Waseem, Liaquat and Dilawar sustained severe injuries and were rushed to Combined Military Hospital, Bannu. Four militants were also killed in the incident. In another shootout between the militants and security forces, eight militants were killed, sources said. However, the militants succeeded to carry the dead bodies of their killed companions. APP adds: The security forces have apprehended another 32 terrorists, while three others surrendered during various search and cordon operations in various parts of Malakand Division. Meanwhile, a huge gathering of locals and notables of Tehsil Puran was held at the tehsil headquarters. MNA Engineer Amir Muqam, other MPAs of the district and district nazim addressed the crowd. They appreciated Army operation in Shangla, and assured their full support and cooperation to the security forces. According to an ISPR Press release on Friday, security forces captured two suspects from Shin Bridge near Fatehpur while three terrorists surrendered at Grid Station and Kalam. Security forces apprehended five suspect terrorists near Biakand and recovered arms and ammunition of different calibre. While clearing Mian Killi, exchange of fire took place between THE security forces and terrorists in which one soldier suffered minor injuries due to glass splinters. One terrorist has also been apprehended along with two small machine guns with huge cache of ammunition from Pir Kalle near Matta. On a tip-off, security forces recovered one IED with 15 Kg explosive near a school along road leading to Khairarai. During search and clearance operation, security forces found a training camp, 4 kg explosives, bedding of 15 personnel and 200 dummy rifles and apprehended 6 suspects. In Nawakali, security forces apprehended 4 suspects, while during clearance operation at Tiligram, security forces arrested 11 suspects and recovered 3 vehicles from Bishbanr. As result of clearance and search operation, 3 soldiers received injuries at Gunmat Bandai near Lal Qila in Dir. Following an exchange of fire between local militia and terrorists at Janas Ghunda, 3 terrorists were apprehended. Meanwhile, 258,486 cash cards have so far been distributed amongst the IDPs of Malakand.