US Drone Kills 8 in Pakistan

Islamabad, May 12 (Prensa Latina) A U.S. unmanned plane killed at least eight people when it opened fire on a vehicle Thursday in the tribal area of North Waziristan in northwest Pakistan, according to local television reports.

According to initial reports, the car’s occupants were Islamic insurgents operating in the Afghan border area.

It was the third bombing by CIA drones in northwest Pakistan since a U.S. commando killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden on May 2 in the city of Abbottabad.

Despite protests from Islamabad regarding the violation of Pakistan’s sovereigny, the U.S. drones have killed about 30 people since May 6, claiming they target local and Al-Qaeda rebels fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan, which regards itself an ally of the U.S. anti-terror drive, says the raids are counterproductive because the many deaths they cause feed anti-U.S. sentiment in Pakistan.

According to unofficial figures, more than 2,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in northwest Pakistan since 2004 by U.S. drones.

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