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US drone kills three in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 24 , IRNA -- At least three people were killed in a US drone strike Wednesday in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, tribesmen said.

They also said that the unmanned US plane fired two missiles on a house in Tapi area near Mir Ali, the main town of lawless and troubled region, killing three people at the scene. Several others were injured in the strike just days ahead of Eid-ul-Adha.

There was no information about the identity of the slain men. The US claims the CIA-run drone campaign target suspected militants in the Pakistani tribal regions. But tribesmen say the American spy aircraft kill civilians.

Tribesmen said they saw several American aircraft flying over the area before the strike and even after, keeping the people away from relief activities.

Attacks by an unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but US officials are said to believe the attacks are too important to permit Wahington to give them up.

In final US Presidential election debate in Florida, US President Barak Obama and his Republican rival Governor Mitt Romney have both emphasized to continue drone strikes inside Pakistan.

Recently, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf carried out a peace march towards South Waziristan, protesting against the US drone attacks, which had killed several innocent people.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80385944



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