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3 die in US drone attack in NW Pakistan
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:23AM
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A US assassination drone strike has killed three people in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

The attack took place early on Thursday when the drone fired two missiles on a building in Miranshah, the main town in the area, AFP reported.

At least four people had been killed in another US drone attack on the same town on Wednesday.

Last Saturday, US President Barack Obama ordered a sharp increase in the assassination strikes in the tribal areas.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants crossing the border with Afghanistan, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

Since May 23, the strikes have killed over 60 people in the North and South Waziristan tribal areas -- five on May 23, 10 on May 24, four on May 26, 12 on May 28, four on June 2, 10 on June 3, and 16 on June 4.

Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States violations of their country’s sovereignty.

On January 31, Obama publicly admitted to the US use of the unmanned drones in Pakistan and other countries.

In response to questions about the use of the assassination drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, he said “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA” -- Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the official name for the country’s semi-autonomous tribal region, which encompasses North and South Waziristan.

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