4 Killed in U.S. Drone Strike in NW Pakistan
    2013-12-26 03:29:52     Xinhua       Web Editor: ZhangPeng

At least four people were killed and several others injured in a U.S. drone strike late Wednesday night in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel ARY on Thursday.

According to local media reports, U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house suspected of being a militant hideout in Miranshah, a main town of North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

Identities of the killed and wounded and other details are not immediately available.

The U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan is the 26th of its kind (counted on daily basis) in Pakistan since this year. At least 166 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes so far this year.

While most of the victims are believed to be suspected militants, the U.S. drone strikes do often kill innocent people.

Late last month, U.S. drones launched an attack on a religious school in Pakistan's northwest district of Hangu, killing at least 15 people including many students.

The strike triggered off a nationwide protest in Pakistan and has led to the blockade of the NATO supply routes via the country' s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

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