US drones 'kill seven militants'
Two US drone strikes targeting vehicles in Pakistan's lawless tribal district of North Waziristan yesterday killed at least seven militants, officials said.
Both attacks took place in Datta Khel, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah and is frequently a location for the strikes.
Two missiles were fired on a vehicle seconds after it was parked outside a house in Datta Khel, officials said.
Later, more than 10,000 Islamists held an anti-US protest in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar yesterday calling for an immediate stop to American drone attacks in tribal areas, police said.
The activists from the country's largest fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) blocked a main road and staged a six-hour sit-in in front of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial parliament.
The demonstrators chanted anti-US slogans and carried banners and placards reading "Death for America", "Stop drone attacks in Pakistan" and "No to American interference in Pakistan".
One banner read: "Listen Obama, do not kill innocent Muslims".
"Why is the government silent on US drone attacks? These attacks are against Pakistan's interests," the JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan told the gathering.
A police officer at the scene put the number of protesters at over 10,000, as did an intelligence official.