U.S. drone attack kills 4 in NW Pakistan

13:29, July 21, 2011      

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At least four people were killed Wednesday when a U.S. drone targeted the North Waziristan tribal area in northwest Pakistan, local sources said.

The pilotless aircraft fired two missiles at a house in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan, they said.

The identities of the killed are not immediately known, but Washington often claims the U.S. drone strikes aim to hit militant hideouts in Pakistan's mountainous tribal belt.

Since the start of 2011, the U.S. drones have launched at least 44 times (counted on daily times) of strikes in Pakistan's northwest tribal areas, reportedly killing over 400 people in total.

While most of the people targeted by U.S. drones in Pakistan are believed to be militants who often launch attacks on the U.S.- led NATO troops in Afghanistan across the border, U.S. drones do often mistakenly kill innocent civilians, leading to repeated protests by the local people and the Pakistani government as well.

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