4 killed in U.S drone strike in NW Pakistan

21:51, December 10, 2010      

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At least four people were killed and two others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched Friday evening in Pakistan's northwest tribal area along the Afghan border, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

According to the report, four missiles were fired by U.S. drones at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a place believed to be a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

Friday's strike is the fourth of its kind since December and the 21st since November. Starting from November, a total of 21 U.S. drone strikes have reportedly been launched in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 93 people, most of whom are believed to be militants.

Today's incident also coincided with a demonstration staged by a group of civilian victims of US drone strikes in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. Despite the so-called precision strikes, the U. S. drones do often mistakenly kill innocent people, causing a strong anti-American sentiment among the local people.

Source: Xinhua

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