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4 killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

English.news.cn   2011-03-13 14:01:15 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, March 13 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed in a U.S drone strike launched Sunday morning in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel DAWN.

According to the report, the strike took place at about 10:00 am (local time) when a U.S. drone fired two missiles at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan, one of the militants' strongholds in Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan.

Sunday's strike is the 19th of its kind since this year. To date, a total of 92 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes.

The frequency of the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan has apparently abated following the January 27 incident in which an American named Raymond Davis killed two Pakistanis in the country' s eastern city of Lahore in a bid to avoid further fueling the anti-American sentiment in the country.

However, since a local court in Pakistan has refused the request by the U.S. side to release Raymond Davis under the name of diplomatic immunity, the U.S. side has resumed its drone strikes in Pakistan's northwest tribal areas which border Afghanistan as militants hiding in the areas often launch attacks at the U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan across the Pakistani side.

Despite the violation of its territorial rights, the Pakistani government has turned a closed eye on the U.S. drone strikes.

Editor: Wang Yan
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