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7 killed in yet another drone strike in N. Waziristan

At least 7 militants were killed and four other sustained serious injuries in second strike of US drone strike in North Waziristan.

It was the second U.S strike in the same region in one day and fourth this month.

The drone fired two missiles at a militants’ vehicle in Ghoriak area, near Miran Shah, headquarters of North Waziristan tribal agency, a Private TV Channel reported.

Local tribesmen said the attack killed at least 7 militants and wounded 4 others, adding that, the strike destroyed the vehicle completely. Tribesmen said spy planes were hovering over the region and making low flights before the attack.

The drone attacks routinely target militants in North Waziristan. Although Pakistan publicly opposes the attacks, saying they violate its sovereignty and fuel anti-Americanism among the population, it is believed that it was sharing intelligence with the U.S. about the insurgents and their hideouts.

More than 900 people have been killed in more than 90 U.S. strikes in Pakistan since August 2008, with a surge in the past year as U.S. President Barack Obama has put Pakistan at the heart of his fight against Al-Qaeda.

The U.S. has stepped up strikes in North Waziristan after Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud appeared in a video with Hammam Khalil Al-Balawi, the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives in a forward base in Afghanistan’s Khost province in December last year.



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