Friday, September 3, 2010

US drone attacks kill 10 in Pakistan

Fri Sep 3, 2010 4:23PM

Two US drone attacks have killed at least ten people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid growing discontent over climbing number of civilian casualties.

Security officials say the first strike hit a compound near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district.

The missiles landed in an area where mainly Afghan refugees live. The identity of those killed is yet unknown.

"A US drone fired two missile on a house used by militants at a compound; six militants have been killed and three wounded in this attack" AFP quoted a regional security official as saying.

The second attack targeted a car travelling through a small town some 30 kilometers east of Miranshah.

"US drones fired three missiles at the car, killing at least four militants inside the car," the official added

The US has carried out numerous such attacks on Pakistan's tribal areas.

The aerial raids, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Barack Obama.

Washington claims the strikes target militants. However, the attacks, conducted by CIA in coordination with the Pentagon, have reportedly killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan since 2008.

Islamabad has repeatedly condemned the attacks, saying they violate Pakistan's sovereignty.

The issue of civilian casualties has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington with the Pakistani government repeatedly objecting to the attacks.

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