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Two U.S. drone attacks kill six in NW Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, April 13 (Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed Wednesday in two U.S. drone strikes targeting the northwestern Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan, official sources said.

In the first attack, a U.S. pilotless spy aircraft fired three missiles at a house in Angoor Adda village of South Waziristan, shortly followed by a second assault in which four missiles were set off at a vehicle and a motorcycle.

It was the first drone strike in April launched by U.S. secret operatives which they claimed to target suspected militants' hideouts in northwest Pakistan's lawless tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan. But the identities of the victims are not to be confirmed yet.

The latest attacks came at a time when Pakistan's intelligence head is visiting Washington and holding talks with the CIA chief on a proposal to cut the number of the American secret agents in Pakistan.

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief has reportedly asked the CIA chief to reduce their intelligence operations and drone strikes in Pakistan.

The U.S. drones regularly hit hideouts of the militants in the Pakistani tribal region, which Washington sees as the center of Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants. Pakistan opposes the U.S. strikes inside the country's tribal area and seeks the drone technology. But the U.S. does not accept Islamabad's request.

Islamabad was furious at a U.S. drone strike in mid-March in North Waziristan tribal region which killed 44 innocent tribesmen. Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, in a rare reaction had condemned the strike. CIA, which controls operation of the drone aircraft, does not publicly comment on the operation. But Pakistan's protest had forced the U.S. envoy for the region to express regret over the civilian losses.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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