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Amid tension, U.S. drone strike kills three in Pakistan tribal region

Amid tension, U.S. drone strike kills three in Pakistan tribal region Amid tension, U.S. drone strike kills three in Pakistan tribal region
Russell Knight | 25 January, 2018, 01:20

The unmanned aircraft's missiles "targeted an Afghan refugee" camp in northwestern Kurram region, an global news agency reported, citing a statement from the Pakistani foreign office.

Pakistan considers these drone strikes a violation of its sovereignty.

At least two people were killed in a United States drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency today, According to official sources, two missiles hit a house in Spin Tal, a bordering area of North Waziristan Agencies.

"Two militants from Haqqani network were killed in the drone attack", an intelligence official said on Wednesday.

"Such unilateral actions, as that of today, are detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism". A police officer confirmed the death of Haqqani network commander Ehsan alias Khawari along with his two associates.

A missile fired from a drone landed outside a house in Badshah Kot area of the agency - one of the seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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Local sources belonging to the Orakzai Agency said that the strike was carried out on the Haqqani Network hideout.

The pre-dawn strike took place well inside Pakistan territory, more than 50 kilometres from the Afghan border in Mamuzai village of Kurram tribal district.

According to local press reports, the first U.S. drone attack this year came on January 17, seriously wounding a man near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Washington's ties with Islamabad have deteriorated over the past month in the wake of Trump's angry tweet on which accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit", adding, "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

This month Washington froze aid to Pakistan worth nearly two billion dollars in a move created to force its military and intelligence apparatus to cut support for Islamist groups. Over the past decade, nearly all USA drone strikes inside Pakistan have taken place within the border areas, but some Pakistani officials fear the United States under Trump will begin carrying out strikes outside the tribal areas.

Islamabad denies sheltering militants and accuses Washington of not respecting Pakistan's sacrifices in combatting extremism. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a Pakistani military spokesman.

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