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8 die in US spy aircraft strike in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 13, IRNA -- An American spy aircraft Tuesday fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least 8 people, security officials in the region said.

The U,S. drones fired four missiles on a vehicle in Bermal area of Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, they said.

It was not immediately known as to who were targeted in the fresh strike.

Tribesmen were quoted as saying that they had seen spy aircraft flying over the region since early morning.

They said they could not go to the strike site fearing more attack as drones had struck the people who took part in rescue and relief operation.

It is the second US drone strike in South Waziristan in four days.

On Friday, American pilot-less aircraft carried out two strikes and had killed 16 people, according to local media.

The U.S. resumed drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal regions in January after a two-month lull in the wake of NATO strike of two Pakistani border posts and killing of 24 soldiers in November.

Pakistan opposes drone strikes and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani last week again termed the attacks as counterproductive in the war on terror. But the US has continued the strikes considering it as America's effective weapon against militants.

Several recent surveys suggest that under President Barack Obama the number of attacks has increased as drones are used to eliminate the militants.

The fresh strike came ahead of the visit to Pakistan by the US Centcom chief General Mathis this month.

General Mathis told reporters in Washington this month that he would travel to Pakistan to seek land route for the withdrawal of the U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan.

The U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops this year as part of its exit plan.

The Centcom chief said that he would also talk to Pakistani leaders about the reopening of supply line for the NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan closed the supply line after the November NATO strike on Pakistani posts and the government says the parliament will make a decision about the restoration and future relationship with the U.S. and NATO.

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