US drone strike kills five in North Waziristan
[Dawn] An unmanned American aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle in a Pak tribal area bordering Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five suspected Death Eaters and injuring two, Pak intelligence officials said.
The strike was part of a spike in American drone attacks, which have drawn official Pak criticism in the past. The spurt of drone action threatened to add tensions to relations between the two allies, just as they appeared to be improving.
The latest drone strike came near Shnakhura village in North Wazoo, two officials said. They said the area of the drone attacks is dominated by anti-US myrmidon commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief news hounds. Bahadur's group is known for frequent attacks on US troops in Afghanistan, but generally it does not carry out operations inside Pakistain.
Several recent drone strikes have killed Death Eaters affiliated with Bahadur's group. Tuesday's was the third drone attack in North Waziristan within three days. On Sunday, drone-fired missiles killed 10 suspected Death Eaters in two strikes 12 hours apart.
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