Islamabad, 26 Rabiul Awwal 1434/6 February 2013 (MINA) At least five people have been killed and many others wounded in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in northwestern Pakistan.
The US killer drone fired six missiles at targets in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan on Wednesday, according to Press TV reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Thursday.
Pakistan’s tribal regions are attacked by US terror drones almost regularly with Washington claiming that militants are the targets. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that civilians are the main victims.
The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington.
Despite Pakistan’s repeated calls on the United Stated to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its deadly strikes on the country’s tribal belt.
On January 22, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expressed concern over the US drone strikes in her country, describing them as “counterproductive.”
Referring to thousands of Pakistani civilians who have been killed by CIA-operated drones in recent years, she added that Islamabad “will take up drone attacks issue with Washington and its ambassador to Pakistan.”
Over the past few months, massive protests have also been staged across Pakistan to condemn the United States for violating the country’s sovereignty.
The US military also uses its assassination drones to hit targets in Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.(T/P-010/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)