`775 civilians died in US drone strikes in Pak`

About 775 civilians, including 173 children were killed in 300 strikes carried out by US spy planes in Pakistan tribal regions since they were started in June 2004, a report has said.

Islamabad: About 775 civilians, including
173 children were killed in 300 strikes carried out by US spy
planes in Pakistan tribal regions since they were started in
June 2004, a report has said.

The report says between 1,141 and 1,225 persons were also
injured by the drone strikes, mostly in Waziristan tribal
areas near the Afghan border, Dawn newspaper quoted a report
released yesterday by the London-based Bureau of Investigative
Journalism.

The report said that at least 2,318 people and a maximum
of 2,912 people, the majority of them alleged militants, have
been killed in these attacks.

"The US covert drone war in Pakistan reached a new
milestone with the 300th attack on alleged militants in the
country`s tribal areas," said the report.

Of the 300 drone strikes since June 17, 2004, it says,
248 occurred during President Barack Obama`s first three
years, rising to a frequency of almost one strike every four
days.

PTI

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