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3 killed, 4 injured in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan

English.news.cn   2012-11-29 20:41:37            

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed and four others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan on Thursday afternoon, reported local media Geo.

According to the report, U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Sheen Warsak area of Wana, capital town of South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

One local TV channel said that the target was a suspected militant house instead of a vehicle.

All the killed are suspected militants of foreign nationalities, said local Urdu TV channel Express.

Identities of the killed and wounded are not immediately known.

Thursday's U.S. drone strike is the 35th of its kind (counted on daily basis) in Pakistan in 2012. According to Xinhua's tally, at least 257 suspected militants have been killed in such strikes since the beginning of this year.

The last U.S. drone strike in Pakistan occurred on Oct. 24. Over the last few months, there are less U.S. drone strikes in the country as compared with the past.

This is probably due to the repeated strong protest by the Pakistani government. Pakistan believes that U.S. drone strikes are violative of its sovereignty and counter-productive in the anti-terror war.

Editor: znz
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