Drone strikes kill 58 in Pakistan (Second Lead)

July 13th, 2011 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 12 (IANS) At least 58 people have been killed in four drone strikes in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan since Monday night, media reports said Tuesday.

The first strike Tuesday was at a house and a vehicle in Dari Nashtar area of North Waziristan that killed at least 18 people.

A second drone fired two missiles at a vehicle suspected to be carrying militants in Beermal area of South Waziristan, killing at least seven people, Xinhua reported citing Urdu TV channel ARY.

Eight people were killed in the third drone strike, in New Adda area, 35 km west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, Geo News reported.

According to Xinhua, at about 9.30 p.m. Monday, drones fired four missiles at a vehicle in Miranshah, reportedly killing 25 people.

Since the beginning of 2011, drones have launched at least 43 strikes in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, killing an estimated 407 people.

Though most of the people targeted by the drones are suspected militants, sometimes innocent people are also mistakenly killed. This has led to strong anti-US sentiment among Pakistanis.

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