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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
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MIRAMSHAH: Four persons were killed and five others sustained injuries in another US drone attack on a house in Naurak village in Mir Ali subdivision, North Waziristan Monday, tribal sources said.


Sources said the drone fired two missiles and hit a house and a car parked there. Villagers added that four US spy planes were flying over the area on Monday afternoon. They said four bodies and three injured persons were pulled out of the house that collapsed due to the attack. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Mir Ali, the second major town in North Waziristan.


There was no way to ascertain the identity of the victims but villagers in Naurak claimed all of them were local tribesmen. On the other hand, after almost every attack security officials insist that those targetted and slain are militants.


Earlier on Sunday, a US drone hit a car at Doga Madakhel area near the Afghan border with missiles and killed four men. Villagers insisted the victims were miners and were on their way to Dattakhel to work in the chromites mines. The deaths triggered strong criticism from the tribal people.