Sunday Sep 11, 201104:11 PM GMT
US drone strike kills four in Pakistan
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:11PM
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The US launches unauthorized missile attacks on Pakistan and Afghanistan tribal areas, killing civilians under the pretext of targeting militants.
A non-UN-sanctioned US airstrike has left at least four people dead and several others wounded in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt, Press TV reports.

Local security officials say the missiles fired from a US drone targeted a compound and a vehicle in the Hisokhel village of North Waziristan tribal region, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

The US has stepped up its unauthorized airstrikes in Pakistan since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

Since then the surge in unauthorized US drone attacks in Pakistan along with NATO operations along the border, which have resulted in an increase in civilian deaths, has drawn criticism from Pakistani officials.

Pakistan has also strongly condemned violation of its airspace by US-led forces stationed in Afghanistan. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, but most of the attacks result in civilian casualties.

The issue of civilian casualties has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington.

The UN has condemned the US use of combat drones against other countries as a blatant violation of international law.

Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.

Alston also said he feared that the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a "playstation" mentality.

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