U.S. drone attack kills 13 in NW Pakistan   2011-05-06 17:48:51 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, May 6 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 persons were killed and four others injured in a United States drone attack in northwest Pakistan's tribal area on Friday, local media reported.

The drones fired six missiles at a seminary and two missiles at a car parked in a hotel in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal region, said private TV channel Express quoting intelligence sources.

Some reports said that the killed were suspected militants, but their identities can not be confirmed immediately.

It was the first drone strike in Pakistan since U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a commando operation on Monday in Abbottabad, 100 kilometers north of capital Islamabad.

Friday's strike also is the 26th of its kind since 2011. To date, over 180 people have reportedly been killed in the 26 strikes launched by the U.S. drones since the beginning of this year.

Out of the 26 strikes, 22 were conducted in North Waziristan while the remaining four were carried out in the neighboring tribal area of South Waziristan

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

Anger runs high in Pakistan against the U.S. drone strikes in the Waziristan tribal areas, Pakistani public also staged protests and rallies to halt such attacks with in the territory of the country.

Editor: Mo Hong'e
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