At least three people have been killed in the latest non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike in the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, Press TV reported.
Local officials told Press TV that the unmanned aircraft fired several missiles in the South Waziristan tribal region on Thursday. At least three people were killed and four others were wounded in the aerial attack.
The death toll in the drone strike may rise further as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
The US regularly carries out attacks by unmanned aircraft on Pakistan’s tribal regions, claiming the airstrikes target pro-Taliban militants. But locals say civilians are the main victims of the
non-UN-sanctioned US strikes.
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama. While the US government has always
declined to publicly discuss its aerial attacks in Pakistan, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta admitted last Tuesday that the US is fighting a war in Pakistan by using the drones.
Relations between Islamabad and Washington have soured over the
unauthorized attacks, with Pakistan insisting that the airstrikes violate its sovereignty.
Last Sunday, Pakistani Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janju said the US drone attacks were unacceptable and a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
“It is very clear that drone attacks are against the sovereignty of Pakistan,” Janju stated.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights has meanwhile asked the government to complain about the ‘extra-judicial killings’ to the United Nations and other international bodies.