US drone strikes kill three in North Waziristan

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 1:10:22 by

At least three persons have been killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in North Waziristan.

The media reports quoting security officials said that at least three persons along with three cows, apparently meant for sacrifice on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, were targeted in the attack.

One missile hit a house in the Tappi area of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. The other hit a vehicle parked outside, reports stated.

One security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar said the target was a militant compound and those killed were insurgents.

The security official stated, “It was a militant compound being used to store arms and ammunition. Three militants were killed.

The casualties were not high because there not many militants inside.” According to CNN, a woman was also among the killed, while three children were injured in the drone attack.

A government official said that militants lived in the compound but so did civilians. Wednesday’s strike was the third by unmanned US aircraft in the Miranshah area this month.

On October 11, 18 insurgents, most reportedly Afghans, were killed in a drone strike in the nearby tribal region of Orakzai in the deadliest attack in more than a year.

The covert US attacks are unpopular in Pakistan, where the government slams them as a violation of sovereignty, but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against militants.

Earlier this month, cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan led thousands of supporters in a motorcade from the capital Islamabad to the edge of the tribal belt to protest against the US strikes.

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