ISLAMABAD, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a Wednesday morning's U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan has risen to 16, reported local media.
At least two local TV channels, namely ARY and DIN News, quoted their own unidentified sources as saying that 16 people have been killed in the strike launched Wednesday morning by the U. S. drones in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.
Two Pakistan Taliban commanders got killed in the strike, according to latest news reports.
The strike came at around 10:00 a.m. local time Wednesday when U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound suspected of being a militant hideout in a hilly area of Jandola, a place sitting far deep in South Waziristan on its eastern side bordering inner Pakistan, said the reports.
While the U.S. side defends itself by arguing that most of the people killed in the drone strikes in northwest Pakistan are militants who often launch attacks on the U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan across the Pakistani border, the drone strikes do often mistakenly kill and injure innocent people living in the strike areas, causing a deep resentment among local people.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people in Peshawar launched a protest against a Tuesday morning's U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, which killed seven people.
Wednesday's strike is the third of its kind in Pakistan since this month and the 62nd of its kind (both counted on daily basis) in 2011. According to a record kept by Xinhua, a total of 532 people, most of whom are believed to be suspected militants, have been killed in such strikes so far this year.