More US drone attacks into flood-hit Pakistan, 14 killed

Two US drone strikes killed at least fourteen people in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border Wednesday, security officials said.

More US drone attacks into flood-hit Pakistan, 14 killed

 

Two US drone strikes killed at least fourteen people in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border Wednesday, security officials said.

Wednesday's drone attack was the fifth in less than a week despite the devastating floods are now affecting a third of the country and have made 4 million people homeless.

First missiles targeted the tribal areas in Daande Darpakhel village in the North Waziristan.

A security officer claimed the compound belonged to Maulvi Azizullah, a member of the Haqqani network, one of the anti-occupation groups.

The second attack struck a vehicle, killing four in Amboor Shaga village of Datta Khel town in North Waziristan tribal area.

The issue of civilian casualties has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistan has repeatedly condemned the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty.

More than 1,040 people have been killed in 122 drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008.

The flood in Pakistan left over 21 million people homeless, destroying 1.3 million houses. Over 3.5 million children are at risk of deadly diseases due to shortage of fresh water.

But U.S. urged Pakistan to keep its soldiers in tribal areas in where government has held offensives under Washington pressure despite more relief efforts were needed in flood zone.

Military officials say they had not withdrawn any of the 140,000 ground troops fighting fighters along the border with Afghanistan, instead drawing them from the central Punjab region.
 

Agencies

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