First U.S. drone strike under new Pakistan prime minister kills seven

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan Fri Jun 7, 2013 3:52pm EDT

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed seven people and wounded three in northwest Pakistan late on Friday, security officials said, in the first such attack since the swearing-in of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister this week.

In his inaugural address to parliament, Sharif called for an immediate end to U.S. drone strikes on militants, which many view as a breach of Pakistan's sovereignty.

The bombing comes 10 days after a similar U.S. drone attack killed the Pakistani Taliban's second-in-command, Wali-ur-Rehman, and six others in a major blow to the militant group.

President Barack Obama said last month the United States would scale back drone strikes, only using them when a threat was "continuing and imminent".

Friday's attack was on a compound near the Afghan border in North Waziristan region, 45 km (25 miles) west of the regional capital Miranshah. At least two missiles were fired from the unmanned aircraft and the death toll could rise, the sources said.

Drone casualties are difficult to verify. Foreign journalists must have permission from the military to visit the Pashtun tribal areas along the Afghan border. Taliban fighters often seal off the sites of drone strikes immediately.

(Reporting by Saud Mehsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Jibran Ahmed in Peshawar; Writing by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Randy Fabi and Andrew Roche)

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AlkalineState wrote:
Hello, new Prime Minister. You can take care of your Taliban rabies, or we can do it for you.

Jun 07, 2013 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
And I thought I was having a bad day. I have no problem with the use of drones to take out terrorists, especially considering the lack of cooperation we received from Pakistan in the hunt for Bin Laden.

Jun 07, 2013 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JayDickson64 wrote:
7 terrorist killed. 93 terrorist created because of the bombing. 93 terrorist we now have to kill with a drone. What kind of strategy is this when we create terrorist because of the illegal drone killings?

Jun 07, 2013 4:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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