A Pakistani reconnaissance drone has crashed in a restive northwestern tribal region after developing a technical fault, security officials said on Friday.
The unmanned military aircraft was on a surveillance mission when it came down on Thursday night in Azam Warsak area, west of Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan tribal region, a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Another official confirmed the crash and said that Taliban militants surrounded the site and later took possession of the wreckage.
Pakistan manufactures its own small drones which the army, navy and air force use for reconnaissance and do not have the lethal capability of US drones which target militant hideouts in the country's tribal regions.
The US strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but American officials are said to believe they are too important to give up.
In July last year a Pakistan navy drone crashed near an oil refinery in the suburbs of Karachi after hitting a bird while on a routine flight.
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Date: Dec 21, 2012