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Drone strike in North Waziristan kills two, injures one

Updated September 30, 2013

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A US drone fired two missiles at a house situated in Mohammad Khel village of Datta Khel tehsil in North Waziristan tribal region. — File Photo
A US drone fired two missiles at a house situated in Mohammad Khel village of Datta Khel tehsil in North Waziristan tribal region. — File Photo

PESHAWAR: A US-led drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region's Datta Khel area on Monday killed two persons and injured another, DawnNews reported.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affiars condemned the US drone strike that took place in North Waziristan today on 30 September 2013 and said in a statement that these unilateral strikes were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.

The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations, the statement added

These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

The drone fired two missiles at a house situated in Mohammad Khel village of Datta Khel tehsil in North Waziristan tribal region.

The number of casualties was expected to rise.

The target of the drone strike was a suspected militant compound and the three persons killed were alleged militants, officials told AFP.

“A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing three rebels,” a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The identities of the victims could not be ascertained till the filing of this report as access to media and journalists is restricted in the area.

This was the second attack in the region in as many days.

The attacks while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is visiting the United States to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly during which for the first time since 2004, when the drone strikes began, the prime minister raised the issue of drones inside the UNGA, telling world leaders that the attacks were a continued violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity.