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U.S. spy aircraft kills 10 in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 5, IRNA -- A U.S. spy aircraft fired missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least 10 people early Saturday morning, tribesmen said.

They said two missiles were fired on a house at the Darai Nashtar area, bordering Afghanistan.

The house was completely destroyed.

Locals said that four U.S. drones were seen flying over the area before and after the attack, which was the third strike in the same region in nearly two months.

Rescue work was delayed due to fear of further strikes by the U.S. drones, residents said.

Identities of the victims could not be ascertained immediately. Security sources say that suspected militants had been using the house for their hideout.

Saturday's U.S. drone strike was 12th this year. Data shows that nearly 93 people have been killed in U.S strikes in 2012.

Pakistan summoned a U.S. diplomat for lodging a formal protest when a strike killed four people on April 30.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman says that the issue of American drone strikes will be taken up with the U.S. authorities through diplomatic channels both in Islamabad and Washington.

Pakistan insists that such attacks are in total contravention of international law and established norms of interstate relations and has consistently maintained that drone attacks are violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Pakistani parliament last month approved guidelines for relationship with the U.S., calling for immediate halt to American strikes.

The U.S. has so far rejected calls from Pakistan to stop drone strikes and the latest strikes show that Washington is in no mood to change policy on these strikes.

Americans insist that the CIA-run strikes are effective to eliminate al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. Pakistanis say that drone strikes are counter productive, kill civilians, increase anti-US sentiments and create problems for the government.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80114812

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