Amerikanske raketter skutt ut fra droner, drepte åtte tyske jihadister i det nordvestlige Pakistan mandag.

They died when two missiles from a suspected CIA pilotless aircraft struck a mosque in Mirali in North Waziristan, the officials added.

The attack came a day after the United States and Britain warned of an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Europe. Western security officials said last week they believed a group in northern Pakistan were connected to a plot to stage attacks.

The militants were members of a group called Jihad Islami, the Pakistani intelligence officials said without elaborating. There was no independent verification and militants often dismiss official reports of successful operations against them.

«People were gathering at the mosque for prayers when a missile hit the building,» Mohammad Alam, a resident of Mirali, told Reuters by telephone, describing Monday’s drone strike.

«The area has been cordoned off by militants and they are not allowing anyone there.»