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US drone strike kills 8 in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 12, IRNA -- An unmanned US aircraft Thursday fired missiles into Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region and killed at least eight people, security officials in the region said.

Sources said that the US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan and killed all the people at the scene. The vehicle was also completely destroyed in the strike. Data Khel region of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan, is believed to be a haven for both al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The Thursday’s attacks is the third drone strike in Pakistan after the May 2 raid by US forces to kill Osama bin Laden at the Pakistani city of Abbotabad.

The first suspected US drone attack since the death of Osama bin Laden had killed at least 15 militants in a hideout and a vehicle in North Waziristan on May 5.

In the second drone strike a US drone targeted a vehicle, killing four militants in South Waziristan tribal area on Tuesday.

In late March one drone strike killed 44 tribesmen at a council meeting in North Waziristan, prompting Islamabad to demand an apology from the US government.

Some Pakistani politicians have threatened to disrupt the flow of supplies through the country to NATO soldiers in Afghanistan if the drone strikes are not halted.

Pakistani government publicly criticizes drone strikes but opposition parties allege a secret understanding with the US over drone strikes.

The Thursday strike is the 28th in Pakistan this year, killing over 200 people.

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