Drone Strike Kills Suspected Militants in Northern Pakistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_a3c6b6f766.jpgHIGH-G Productions/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images (ISLAMABAD) -- At least five alleged militants were killed and four others injured in a U.S. drone strike in northern Pakistan on Thursday. The attack involved four missiles that targeted a madrassa in the semi-tribal Spin Tal region of Hangu district. The identities of those killed were not immediately known. In a statement Thursday, Pakistan condemed the attack, saying drone strikes "are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Noting that it has raised its concerns with the U.S. before, Pakistan said: "It has been consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications.  Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations."

Pakistan added that the strikes "have a negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region."

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