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Pakistan denounces North Waziristan drone attack

Updated September 06, 2013
— Photo by Reuters
— Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday condemned the latest US drone strike inside Pakistani territory in which at least six militants were killed and three others injured.

The latest drone attack took place early Friday in northwestern Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region.

Hours after the strike, the Foreign Office issued a statement saying drone strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that Pakistan had repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing these to an immediate end.

The government “has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications”, the statement said.

At least six suspected militants were killed and three others wounded in a US drone strike on a compound in Ghulam Khan Tehsil of North Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border.

US drone missiles have targeted areas near the Afghan border, including inside the North Waziristan tribal region, the main stronghold for various militant groups, some of which are said to be aligned with Al Qaeda and the Taliban since 2004.