US drone strike kills 17 in North Wazirstan

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Wana: At least 17 people were killed and several others injured in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency of north western tribal region on Sunday.

Sources said that the unmanned plane fired 10 missiles on houses in the Babrgarh area, killing 17 people and injuring seven others on the hideouts of the militants.

The covert US drone strikes are publicly criticised by the Pakistani government as a violation of sovereignty but American officials believe they are a vital weapon in the war against Islamist militants.

A report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve in September estimated that between 474 and 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012.

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