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10 people killed in NW Pakistan by drone attack

09-14-2010 14:25 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday morning in a suspected United States drone attack in North Waziristan tribal area, northwest Pakistan, local TV channels reported citing official sources.

The spy plane fired three missiles at a house allegedly used by militants in Shawal tehsil, 50 kilometer from Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan, the private TV Express reported.

However, the identity of perished people could not be known as yet as usually drone strikes focus on targeting prominent insurgent militants.

Shawal is reportedly the base of Haqqani Taliban group.

Some 30 people have been killed in five most recent previous drone strikes in North Waziristan.

More than 1,000 people have so far been killed in over 100 drone strikes in troubled Pakistani tribal areas since Aug. 2008, raising serious concerns over destruction of civilian properties and an alarming civilian death ratio.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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