May 21, 2011
A non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike has killed at least six people and wounded several others in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region.
Pakistani intelligence officials say the attack took place near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district.
The causalities come after an American drone fired at least two missiles at a vehicle in the troubled region.
Sources say the identity of those killed in the attack was not immediately known.
The United States frequently carries out such attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas.
The attacks come after Pakistani authorities strongly censured the US for conducting another unauthorized attack in Pakistan that led to the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, but most of the attacks result in civilian casualties.
The issue of civilian casualties has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington with the Pakistani government repeatedly objecting to the attacks.
Meanwhile, militants in Pakistan have warned they will continue attacks on NATO supply trucks as long as the US continues its non-UN-sanctioned drone strikes on tribal areas.
The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan poses a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.
Alston also said he feared that the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a “playstation” mentality.
This article was posted: Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 5:13 am