Drone strike hits an al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan

Drone strikes have struck an al Qaeda stronghold in eastern Pakistan, killing at least 10 suspected militants, the military said on Monday. 

The military said the drone attack targeted a compound in the province of Quetta in eastern Baluchistan province on Monday night, the Associated Press reported. 

A spokesman for the military, Lieutenant Colonel Asif Ghafoor, told the AP that the targets included “a number of suspected terrorists” but did not give further details.

The attack follows the killing of a Taliban commander in the region in August and the arrest of two men in September, which raised fears that al-Qaida would expand its activities in the country. 

Baluchistan has long been an important hub for al-Qa’ida in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), the group’s global network of militants who operate in several countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Taliban are a hardline militant organisation whose insurgency began in the mid-1990s.