US terror drone attack kills 3 in Pakistan

An airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone has killed three people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.

The drone fired two missiles — one into a compound and another at two people riding a motorcycle — in the village of Mossaki outside of Mir Ali, one of the main towns in North Waziristan, killing three people, the Pakistani television network Dunya News reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the incident.

Saturday’s raid was the second drone strike in Pakistan this month.

On July 3, unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in the Sarai Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan, killing 17 people.

The United States says the CIA-run drone strikes primarily kill Taliban militants who threaten the US-led international forces in neighboring Afghanistan, although casualty figures show that Pakistani civilians are often the victims of the non-UN-sanctioned attacks.

The slaughter of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in US drone strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, and Pakistani officials have complained to the US administration on numerous occasions.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the drone strikes are “simply unacceptable” and has asked Washington to end the attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas.

In September 2012, a report by the Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law gave an alarming account of the effect that assassination drone strikes have on ordinary people in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

“The number of ‘high-level’ targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — estimated at just 2 percent,” the report noted.