An airstrike carried out by US assassination drones has killed five people and injured several others in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan. US drones fired four missiles at two vehicles in the Shawal district of North Waziristan in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing five people, the Pakistani television network Dawn News reported. It was the second drone attack in less than 24 hours in the Shawal district. On Saturday, US drones targeted a private compound in Shuwedar village in Shawal district, killing six people. Five drones are still hovering over the area, creating panic among the people in the tribal region, Pakistani media outlets reported on Sunday morning. A security official in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, confirmed Sunday’s attack and put the death toll at six. Over 200 people have been killed in drone attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwestern Pakistan in 2012.
The United States claims that its airstrikes target militants who cross the border into and out of Afghanistan, but local sources say most of the victims of the attacks have been civilians.Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty.
On January 31, President Barack Obama confirmed that the US uses drones in Pakistan and other countries.In reply to questions about the use of the assassination drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, the US president said, “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA.” GJH/HGL