Wednesday, May 29, 2013

US Assassination Drone Kills Four in Northwest Pakistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least four people have been killed in an attack by a US assassination drone in Pakistan's Northwestern tribal region, local officials said.

The incident took place early Wednesday after the US drone fired two missiles at a house in Chashma village near Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan district, press tv reported.

"At least four people have been killed and four injured. US drones are still flying over the area even after the attack," said a local security official.

The strike was the first such move since Pakistan's recent general elections won by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League.

Sharif, who is expected to take office for a third term in the first week of June, has described US drone strikes as a "challenge" to the sovereignty of Pakistan.

On Friday, the Pakistani government reiterated its strong opposition to the ongoing deadly US drone strikes inside the country.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that US drone attacks cause civilian casualties and are in breach of international law as well as Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The reaction came after US President Barack Obama defended the use of the controversial drones as "self-defense".

Over the past several years, Washington has been launching drone attacks on Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, claiming that militants are the targets. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that civilians are the main victims.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington. The strikes have also triggered massive protests in Pakistan.

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