Suspected U.S. drone attack kills 5 people in Pakistan's tribal area

14:05, October 15, 2009      

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Five people were killed and seven others injured in a suspected U.S. drone attack in Miranshaharea of North Waziristan tribal agency in northwest Pakistan, local TV channels reported Thursday.

According to the report, three missiles were fired from the U.S. unmanned aircraft late on Wednesday night, killing at least five and injuring seven more in Miranshah while some more casualties may be reported.

Meanwhile, drone flights are still underway over the areas, witnesses confirmed to the Geo news.

The U.S. drones regularly hit hideouts of the militants in the Pakistani tribal region, which Washington considers as the center of Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants.

Pakistani officials say the drone strikes have killed more than400 people in more than 40 attacks since August 2008. Pakistan opposes the U.S. strikes inside the country's tribal regions and seeks the drone technology. But the U.S. does not accept Islamabad's request.

It was reported that the White House is considering using more counter-terror strikes by unmanned spy planes and sending in more special operations forces in Pakistan.

Source: Xinhua
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