US drone attack kills three people in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 31, IRNA – A US spy aircraft early Thursday fired missiles on a house in Pakistan’s North Waziristan and killed at least three people, security officials said.

The drone fired missiles in the Miranshah Bazaar that caused two large explosions and resulted in the deaths of three people, residents said.

Some reports said five people were killed in the pre-dawn strike in the first strike in almost a month with the last drone attack being reported on September 30, 2013.

The attack comes almost a week after rights group of Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch both released their reports on drone strikes and followed a report by UN Special Rapporteur on the same topic.

The strike occurred just days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of drone attacks with President Barrack Obama at the White House.

Pakistan regularly condemns the attacks as a violation of sovereignty and are counter productive.

On Wednesday, the Pakistani Senate was told by the interior ministry in a written statement that only 67 civilians had been killed in drone strikes since 2008, a figure in conflict with other numbers previously released by the government and those cited by rights groups.

The submission said there had been 317 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2008, killing 2,160 militants and 67 civilians.



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