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U.S. drone kills 5 in Pakistan's tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct. 10, IRNA -- American drone aircraft fired missiles on a house in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region early Wednesday and killed five people, tribesmen said.

Four missiles hit the house in Hurmuz village in Mir Ali area in a pre-dawn attack, they said.

The house was completely destroyed in the attack, residents said.

They said the attack created panic among the people, who woke up as drones fired missiles on the house, belonging to a local cleric Maulvi Abdullah.

Three persons were also injured in the strike, a resident said from Miranshah, the main town in the region.

Local sources said that militants were staying in the house who arrived there late Tuesday night.

There was no report if any senior militant leader was among the injured.

Some residents said that they saw five U.S. drones after the strike which were flying at low altitude.

It is the second U.S. drone attack in Mir Ali area, some 30 kilometers from Miranshah, in ten days.

Three people were killed in an American drone attack last week when missiles hit a vehicle.

Five people were also killed in a previous strike in Mir Ali on September 24 when US drones struck a house.

The Wednesday’s attack was carried out three days after thousands of people marched to South Waziristan tribal region against the U.S. drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal areas.

The march led by cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan, condemned the U.S. strikes and Khan said civilians are killed in the attacks.

Pakistan also opposes the CIA-controlled attacks but the U.S. has refused to halt the operations on the plea that the militants use the Pakistani tribal areas as launching pad for cross-border attacks into Afghanistan against the foreign and Afghan forces.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1029555

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