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

English.news.cn   2012-08-24 15:19:57            

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and eight others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched on Friday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local state-run TV channel PTV.

The strike took place at about noon time when U.S. drones reportedly fired at least two missiles at a living compound in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, destroying many houses inside the compound.

Local residents rushed to the site for rescue following the strike, said the report.

Identities of the killed and injured are not known at this point.

This is the fifth U.S. drone strike launched in Pakistan over the past week. So far this year, at least 193 people have been killed in such strikes.

Bordering the southeastern side of Afghanistan, North Waziristan is believed to be a stronghold of vaious groups of militants including Taliban and al-Qaida. Militants hiding in this mountainous area often launch cross-border attacks on the NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

The U.S. side has been pressurising Pakistan to launch military operations in North Waziristan over the last few years. But the Pakistani army has refused to do so, forcing U.S forces to use unmanned aircraft to strike against the militants hiding in the area.

Editor: znz
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