Sunday Jul 29, 201208:58 PM GMT
US assassination drones kill 7 in northwestern Pakistan
Pakistani tribesmen raise their hands to condemn US drone strikes in January 2012 in Mir Ali, a border town of North Waziristan in Pakistan.
Pakistani tribesmen raise their hands to condemn US drone strikes in January 2012 in Mir Ali, a border town of North Waziristan in Pakistan.
Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:58PM
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We will seek an end to drone strikes and there will be no compromise on that.”

Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman

At least seven people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.


US drones fired several missiles at a private compound in a village of the North Waziristan tribal region on Sunday, AFP reported.

The targeted compound is in Khushhali Turikhel village, which is located about 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan.

Local residents said that the airstrike sparked a huge fire in the building.

“US drones fired six missiles into a militant compound. At least seven militants were killed,” a security official said.

“It is not immediately clear if there was an important militant killed in the attack,” he added.

The death toll might rise as people were searching for more bodies buried under the rubble of the compound, the official noted.

More than 200 people have died in drone attacks in Pakistan's northwest tribal regions since the beginning of this year.

Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults.

Non-UN-sanctioned CIA assassination drone strikes are expected to be a key issue when the chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), Lieutenant General Zaheer ul-Islam, will hold talks with CIA Director David Petraeus in Washington from August 1 to August 3.

On Saturday, Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman said that the ISI chief would demand an end to the US drone attacks against the South Asian country.

"We will seek an end to drone strikes and there will be no compromise on that,” she stated.

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.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the US drone strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.

The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush but have been escalated under President Barack Obama.

GJH/AS/HN
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