Four Killed as Another US Drone Strike Hits Pakistan

Second North Waziristan Strike in 24 Hours

by Jason Ditz, February 08, 2012

At least four people were killed early Thursday in North Waziristan Agency when a US drone strike targeted a home near the Miramshah marketplace. Officials say the building was rented and the victims were suspected to be militants.

The strike is the second in the past 24 hours. Another attack hit North Waziristan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a house in Thapi, a village on the outskirts of Miramshah.

The identities of the 10 killed in the earlier attack are even less apparent than the first one, as villagers say everyone was burned beyond recognition. Once again, however, they were listed as “suspected terrorists.”

The restart of the US drone strikes last month supposedly came as part of a secret deal with the Pakistani government to limit the frequency of strikes. It seems, however, that this isn’t necessarily the case.

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