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Pakistani protesters chant slogans during a rally in Peshawar to condemn US assassination drone attacks in the Waziristan tribal regions on March 19, 2011.

Pakistani protesters chant slogans during a rally in Peshawar to condemn US assassination drone attacks in the Waziristan tribal regions on March 19, 2011.

At least five people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack on Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan. The pilotless aircraft fired four missiles on a building in Degan area near the Afghan border on Saturday, killing five people, a senior security official said. Several drones were flying in the area at the time of the airstrike, he added. Pakistani tribal regions are the target of US terror drones, with Washington claiming that its unmanned aircraft are targeting militants. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults. The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults. Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country. US terror drone attacks in Pakistan have increased during the administration of US President Barack Obama. The drone strikes have triggered massive anti-US demonstrations across Pakistan to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty. AO/MA/AZ
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