8 killed in 3rd U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan

08:56, July 13, 2011      

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At least eight people were killed in a 3rd U.S. drone strike launched on Tuesday in Pakistan' s northwest tribal area bordering Afghanistan, bringing to 58 the total number of people killed in four strikes launched in the last 24 hours, reported local Urdu TV channel ARY.

This is the third strike launched by U.S. drones in Pakistan on Tuesday. Prior to this, the U.S. drones fired at a house and a vehicle in the Dari Nashtar area of North Waziristan, killing at least 18 people.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, at about 7:30 a.m. local time, the U.S. drones fired two missiles at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Beermal area of the neighboring South Waziristan, killing at least seven people and injuring several others.

Since Monday night, the U.S. drones have launched four strikes in North and South Waziristan, both of which are believed to be strongholds of militants hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area, who often launch attacks on the U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan across the border.

Late on Monday night, at about 9:30 p.m. local time, the U.S. drones fired four missiles at a vehicle in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan, reportedly killing 25 people.

Since 2011, the U.S. drones have launched at least 43 strikes in Pakistan's northwest tribal areas, killing an estimated 407 people in total.

Though most of the people targeted by U.S. drones are suspected militants, the drones do sometimes mistakenly kill innocent people, sparking a strong anti-American sentiment among the locals.

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