ISLAMABAD, June 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 26 people were killed in two U.S. drone strikes launched Monday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.
According to the local media reports, the U.S. drones launched two strikes in the same afore-said area on Monday.
During the first strike launched on Monday afternoon, four missiles were fired by U.S. drones at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Wana area of South Waziristan, reportedly killing 12 people.
The second strike, which was launched late Monday night in the Mantoi area of South Waziristan with a target at two houses, killing 14 people.
Monday's strike is the 39th (counted on a daily basis) of its kind launched by U.S. drones in Pakistan's territory since this year. To date, a total of 344 people, most of whom are believed to be militants, have reportedly been killed in such strikes in 2011.