Drone strike kills four in Pakistan

Four people were killed in a suspected US drone strike in North Waziristan which shares a border with war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Drone strike kills four in Pakistan

At least four people were killed and three others injured on Friday in a suspected US drone strike in North Waziristan in northeastern Pakistan.

"Four missiles were fired on a house in Dande Darpakhel village near Miramshah on Friday evening, killing four people and injuring three," a senior security official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, as he was not allowed to talk to the media.

The strike, he added, had severely damaged the house.

No details are yet available regarding the identity or political affiliation of the victims.

It was the second suspected US drone strike to hit the area in as many days.

Late Wednesday, three people were killed in a drone attack near Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan.

Pakistan's Foreign Office condemned the strike, calling it a "violation" of the country's sovereignty.

For the last five years, North Waziristan – which shares a border with war-ravaged Afghanistan – has been a prime target of US drone strikes.

An Amnesty International Report issued earlier this month refuted US President Barrack Obama's claims that US drone attacks were only targeting Al-Qaeda and Taliban and not civilians.

The report cited hundreds of cases in which civilians, including women and children, had been killed by US drone strikes.

A UN report also revealed this month that at least 400 civilians had been killed in drone attacks in Waziristan since 2004.

The report warned that the number of civilian casualties could be much higher, since independent media lacked access to affected areas.

According to the Washington-based New American Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, over 3,000 people – 70 percent of them civilians – have been killed in 360 drone attacks in the Waziristan region since 2004.

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