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11 killed in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan


08:19, July 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD, July 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 people were killed and several others got injured when U.S. drones launched a missile strike at a house suspected of a militant hideout in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Monday evening, local Urdu TV channel Dunya reported.

The missile strikes came at about 9:20 p.m. (local time) when an unknown number of U.S. drones fired eight missiles at a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan, a tribal area on Pakistan- Afghanistan border.

Identities of the killed and injured people have not been determined yet.

U.S. drones often launch missile strikes at the suspected safe- havens of militants in the dense mountainous area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The target of the U.S. drones are suspected militants who are believed to be involved in launching cross border attacks at NATO forces in Afghanistan, but hundreds of innocent civilians also have become a prey of the predator drones since 2004, when the U.S. started drone strikes in country' s tribal area.

To date, at least 207 Pakistani people have reportedly been killed in such strikes since this year.


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