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A US assassination drone (file photo)

A US assassination drone (file photo)

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism said in a report released in February that the United States has carried out more than 360 assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004, killing nearly 3,500 people."
At least four people have been killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in northwestern Pakistan, Press TV reports. On Sunday, the US killer drone fired two missiles at a house in Datta Khel area located some 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan. Officials say the house was completely destroyed in the attack. Pakistan’s tribal regions are attacked by US assassination drones almost regularly with Washington 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. On January 7, eight people were killed in similar attacks in the village of Haiderkhel in the Miranshah district of North Waziristan. Sixteen people had been also killed in a killer drone strike on South Waziristan a day before. On January 22, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expressed concern over US drone attacks, describing them as “counterproductive.” Khar added that Islamabad “will take up drone attacks issue with Washington and its ambassador to Pakistan.” The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism said in a report released in February that the United States has carried out more than 360 assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004, killing nearly 3,500 people. MAM/PR/SS