'775 civilians died in US drone strikes in Pak'



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