Drone strike kills 4 in NW Pakistan

13:50, March 16, 2011      

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At least four people were killed on Wednesday morning when a U.S. pilotless plane stroke northwestern tribal region of Pakistan, local media reported.

According to private TV channel Express, a U.S. drone fired three missiles at a vehicle running on a road in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan, Pakistan's tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

With the attack the vehicle was totally destroyed and three unknown persons, either militants or common citizens, were killed on the spot.

Pakistan's state television PTV described the killed as militants.

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. More than 80 people have been killed in such strikes since the beginning of this year

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.

Source: Xinhua

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