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Pakistan: 18 people killed by US drone attacks in N Waziristan

3rd Jul 2013

NORTH WAZIRISTAN, (Dawn, The News): Unmanned US drones fired missiles in North Waziristan, killing eighteen people, sources said late Tuesday night.


According to sources, the drones attacked a residential compound and a vehicle in  Miramshah town, Danday Darpa Khel area of the North Waziristan Agency that borders war-stricken Afghanistan.


The sources said that the unmanned aircraft fired four missiles in the latest attack. Earlier, the reported toll was seven that later rose to 18.


The drones continued hovering over the area even after the attack.


Pakistan has long been opposing US drone strikes in its tribal region near Afghan border.


Islamabad says the drone attacks are violation of its sovereignty.

However, Washington continues to use unmanned aircraft in the tribal belt against alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.


Hours after the strike, the Foreign Office issued a statement saying drone strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to these.

The government “has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications”, the statement said.

It further said that the attacks had a negative impact on the “mutual desire” of both countries to forge “a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region”.


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