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Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:24AM
A US assassination drone (file photo)

A US assassination drone (file photo)

At least three people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan. Local officials said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in the Tapi area near Miranshah, the major town of North Waziristan, on Wednesday. No further information has been released. On October 11, sixteen Pakistani people were killed in a similar attack in South Waziristan tribal region. Also on October 10, a US drone strike killed five people in North Waziristan’s Hurmuz area. 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. Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US continues its strikes on the tribal regions. The assassination drone attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama. The strikes have triggered massive anti-US demonstrations across the country, condemning Washington’s violation of Pakistan’s national sovereignty. SAB/HSN
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