Drone strike kills two in North Waziristan

Monday, October 1st, 2012 10:50:54 by

At least three persons have been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan near the Afghan border.

According to the media reports, the spy attack targeted a vehicle in the Khaider Khel area of Mir Ali district, the major town of North Waziristan.

A security official while speaking to the media said that the unmanned aircraft fired four missiles on a militant vehicle, killing three persons at the spot. He further said that several drones were flying in the area at the time of strike.

According to the report, the identities of the suspected militants killed in the strike were not ascertained immediately after the strike.

It is vital to mention here that A-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan is blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and the United States have been seeking to patch up their fractious ties in the recent months, with the supply route has reopening after a series of crises in 2011 saw relations between two frontline allies in the war on terror.

However, the US drone strikes remain contentious and they are deeply unpopular in Pakistan. Islamabad is of the opinion that such attacks violate its sovereignty and enhance anti-US sentiment but it failed to convince the Obama administration.

Washington considers Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt as the main hub of Taliban and al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

It is vital to mention here that at least three alleged militants were killed in a drone attack on September 22, in Datta Khel.

In her recent interview, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar termed drone strikes counterproductive and against the sovereignty of the country.

Last week, she said that she had detailed and frank discussions with the members of the Obama Administration on drones.

She stated, “Pakistan’s position remains that drones are illegal and counterproductive and that there is now a better realization in the United States as to what the negative fallout of spy attacks is in Pakistan.”

According to the statistics, such attacks have killed more than 5,000 people in the last five years while 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.

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