U.S. drone attack kills many in Pakistan

The pilotless drone aircraft attacked a compound in a village in North Waziristan, a day after a similar attack killed four in the same region.

U.S. drone attack kills many in Pakistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

A U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan killed 10 people on Thursday, Pakistani intelligence officials said, an attack likely to raise tensions in a standoff with Washington over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

The pilotless drone aircraft attacked a compound in a village in North Waziristan, a day after a similar attack killed four in the same region.

"The drone fired two missiles at the compound. We believe it was being used by militants," one of the Pakistani officials said.

The United States has been urging Pakistan to mount an offensive in North Waziristan to pursue members of the Haqqani resistance network, one of Washington's most feared foes in occupied Afghanistan.

That looks more unlikely than ever, as a result of a crisis in relations between Washington and Islamabad over a range of issues.

The United States has been pushing Pakistan to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in talks.

Pakistan closed the routes, which US sees vital to the planned withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014, in protest against last November's killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air attack along the Afghan border.

After a review of ties with the United States following the killing of the 24 Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan's parliament demanded an end to drone strikes.

Pakistan has spelt out in no uncertain terms that the drone attacks inside its territory must stop, but Washington is not listening, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Reuters in an interview in April.

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