ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A suspected American drone strike killed four people in an attack on a compound in North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a Pakistani intelligence official and local journalists said.
The missile strike, which occurred in Datta Khel district, a known sanctuary of local and foreign Islamist militants, was the second in the area in two days.
The intelligence official said the drone fired two missiles on a compound in Landi Muhammad Khel village, about 20 miles west of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan. Initial reports from the scene show that four militants died in the attack and several others were injured, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
In Islamabad, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry issued a statement that condemned the strike and renewed calls for the United States to cease drone attacks on Pakistan soil.
Separately, the Haqqani Network, a militant group that uses its base in North Waziristan to carry out attacks in Afghanistan, announced the successor to a senior commander who died in an earlier drone attack. Bilal Zadran will replace his elder brother Sangeen Zadran, a close associate of the group's leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who was killed in a drone strike on Sept. 6.
The Pakistani intelligence official confirmed the decision.
Sangeen Zadran was the powerful shadow governor of Paktika Province in Afghanistan and was involved in the imprisonment of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who has been held by the Haqqani Network since 2009. It was not clear what impact, if any, the decision would have on American efforts to secure Sergeant Bergdahl's freedom.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.