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Six die in US drone strike in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 12, IRNA -- A U.S. spy aircraft Thursday fired missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least six people.

It was the second American drone strike in the same region in two days.

Four people were killed late Tuesday night when US spy aircraft struck a house in the Datta Khel area near Miranshah, main town in North Waziristan.

Residents said that the US pilotless plane fired two missiles on a vehicle at a bus stand at Datta Khel area, near Miranshah. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the strike.

It was not clear as to who were targeted in the strike.

The United States resumed drone strikes after a two-month lull.

There had been no U.S. strike in Pakistan since mid-November after the relationship was badly hit by a NATO attack on two Pakistan border posts, killing 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said that the country can never condone violation of its sovereignty by the American drone strikes.

“Our position on drone attacks has always been very clear. We are of the view that strategic disadvantages outweigh tactical advantages of drone strikes,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said at weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Basit said that winning hearts and minds of the people is crucial to win against violent extremism and this cannot happen if the collateral damage continues.

“Then there is the issue of violation of our sovereignty which we can never condone,” he said.

Pakistan and American media reported last week that the Central Intelligence Agency is likely to resume drone strikes that were apparently halted following the deadly the November 26 NATO airstrike on Pakistan’s border posts.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30762761



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