Pakistan: 4 killed in US drone strike in NW Pakistan26-05-2012
ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and two others were injured in a U.S. drone strike launched early Saturday morning in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.
The strike came before 4:30 a.m. local time on Saturday and the target was a house suspected of being a militant's hideout in Miranshah, a main town in North Waziristan, said the report.
Two missiles were fired at the house and the house was completely destroyed following the strike, it said.
Identities of the killed and injured in the strike are not known at this moment.
This is the third U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan within the last four days and it is also the 15th of its kind (counted on daily basis) in Pakistan since the beginning of this year. To date, at least 112 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes in 2012.
Located in the country's northwest mountainous region bordering Afghanistan, North Waziristan is believed to be a stronghold of militants who often launch cross-border attacks on the U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Pakistan views the U.S. drone strike on its soil as a serious violation of its sovereighty and a contravention of the international law, but the United States insists that it is an effective way to fight against the terrorists.
Though most of the people killed in the drone strikes are believed to be militants including some important militant leaders, but the so-called precision weapons do often mistakenly kill innocent people.
Editor: Fang Yang