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

English.news.cn   2012-05-23 07:02:37            

ISLAMABAD, May 23 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and several others injured when U.S. drones fired two missiles at a house suspected of being a militants' hideout in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan early on Wednesday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel ARY.

The drone attack report first came at about 2:40 a.m.by local time.

Local media quoted sources as saying that five U.S. drones were flying over Miranshah, a main town of North Waziristan before they fired two missiles at the house.

Identities of the victims in the strike are not known immediately as North Waziristan is a far-flung mountainous tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

This is the first U.S. drone attack following the Chicago Summit during which the U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly said that the United States and Pakistan were making "diligent progress" on reopening a vital NATO supply line into Afghanistan, which has been closed by Pakistan following a deadly NATO air strike on two Pakistani border checkposts in November 2011.

Pakistan has demanded an apology for the afore-said air strike which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and wounded 13 others and a halt to U.S. drone strikes as preconditions for reopening the NATO supply line. But both demands have been ignored by the United States.

Wednesday morning's U.S. drone strike is the 13th of its kind ( counted on daily basis) in Pakistan in 2012. Up to date, at least 98 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes since this year.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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