US drone strike kills eight in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 21, IRNA – An American spy aircraft Thursday fired missiles on a religious school in northwest Pakistan and killed at least eight people, state media reported.
The US unmanned drone fired three missiles on the school killing students and teachers, local security sources said.

They said eight people were killed in the early morning strike, the first US drone attack in the area.

US aircraft routinely carry out attacks in Wazristan tribal region.

The US carried out the strike a day after Pakistan’s national security adviser, Sartaj Aziz, told a Senate committee that Washington has promised not to launch attacks during Pakistani government talks with the Taliban.

Aziz told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday the US drone strike which killed the Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, this month, has damaged the government peace talks with the militants.

Mehsud was killed when American spy aircraft rained missiles into North Waziristan tribal region on November 1 just a day before a team of top Islamic scholars were to meet him.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP refused to talk to the government after the killing of their chief and also announced revenge attacks.

The US strike was widely condemned in Pakistan as the government had accused Washington of sabotaging peace process.

The issue of drone strikes is a source of tension between Pakistan and the US as Washington is in no mood to change its covert operation despite Islamabad’s public condemnation.

By IRNA

 

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