PESHAWAR – US drones fired two missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan Agency in the wee hours of Friday killing four suspected militants.Sources said the US drone fired two missiles on a suspected vehicle in Datta Khail area of North Waziristan Agency. It was a double-cabin vehicle in which three to four suspected persons were present at the time of the attack.  The officials said missiles fired from a drone hit a moving vehicle in Datta Khel Bazaar in the North Waziristan tribal region, “Four men inside the vehicle were killed,” a tribal official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The nationality of those killed was not immediately clear. The vehicle exploded after it was hit by two missiles, leaving the charred bodies beyond recognition. The number of drone strikes has decreased dramatically in recent months. The last drone strike took place on March 10. Drone strikes by the United States are deeply resented in the country and considered a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. The United Nations’ Special Reporter on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, was quoted earlier this month as also saying that the drone strikes violate Pakistan’s sovereignty. The drone strike comes a day after a car bomb ripped through a refugee camp, killing 17 people, including three women. An explosives-laden car blew up near the food distribution point of Jalozai refugee camp in Nowshera.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 23-Mar-2013 here.