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US Drone Strike Kills at least Six in Pakistan



Officials in northwest Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least six people including a top commander of the Pakistani Taliban.

Security officials say the unmanned aircraft launched two missiles Wednesday into a house in Chashma village, near Miranshah, the main town of the lawless North Waziristan district. The area along the Afghan border is a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants.

A statement issued by Pakistan's foreign ministry expressed serious concerns over today's strike saying such strikes are counter-productive, kill innocent civilians and violate national sovereignty.

The drone strike was the the first such attack since Pakistan's May 11th general election, in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.



Incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called the drone strikes a "challenge" to his country's sovereignty.

U.S. President Barack Obama recently indicated he is scaling back the drone strike program.

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