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Suspected US drone strike kill four in Waziristan

By Sayed Jawad - Wed May 29 2013, 10:22 am

US_drone_strike7631According to Pakistani security officials, at last four people were killed when a US drone fired two missiles in the volatile Pakistani regions of Waziristan.

This was the first such attack since a May 11 general elections in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.

In the meantime local residents are saying at least seven people were killed after drone fired two missiles that struck a mud-built house at Chashma village, 3 km (2 miles) east of Miranshah.

Washington’s drone program is extremely unpopular in Pakistan, although the number of strikes has dropped dramatically since the height of the program in 2010.

The attack was condemned by Pakistan foreign ministry. “Any drone strike is against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan and we condemn it,” the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

This comes as President Barack Obama recently indicated plans to scale back drone strikes in Pakistan, which was widely welcomed by the people of North Waziristan, where drones armed with missiles have carried out the most strikes against militants over the past years.

According to reports four others were also injured during the attack and it is yet not clear if those killed during the attack were the intended targets.

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