At least nine people were killed and another two injured in three U.S. drone strikes launched on Sunday evening in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local media.
According to the reports, the U.S. drones launched three strikes at different targets in Miranshah, North Waziristan, a place bordering Afghanistan, which is believed to be one of the strongholds of militants in Pakistan.
During the first strike, the U.S. drones fired three missiles at a house located at the Datta Khel Road in Miranshah, killing at least four people and injuring two others.
In the second strike, six to seven U.S. drones seen hovering over Miranshah fired five missiles at a target at the Tarmano Road in the area, killing at least three people.
In the third strike, the U.S. drones fired one missile at another target in the Miranshah, killing at least two people.
The third strike launched by U.S. drones on Sunday evening counts for the eighth of its kind over the past week. Starting from last Sunday, the U.S. drones have apparently stepped up its strike against the militants hiding in Pakistan's northwest tribal areas of North Waziristan and South Waziristan. So far over 40 people including some important militant leaders have reportedly been killed in the strikes since last Sunday.
The so-called precision strikes of the U.S. drones against militants have also mistakenly killed many other innocent people. There are reports saying that the death ratio of militants killed against civilians in such strikes stands at about 1 against 25, leading to a strong anti-American sentiment in the country.
Local watchers believe that the repeated U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, plus the recent sentencing of a Pakistani female scientist named Aafia Siddiqui to 86-year imprisonment by a US court over terrorism charges, could lead to another round of fierce terrorist attacks in the country.
On Saturday night three NATO oil tankers were attacked by Taliban in Pakistan and Pakistan Talibans have threatened to continue attacks on NATO convoys supplying goods to the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan through the land route of Pakistan unless Aafia Siddiqui, a female Pakistani scientist recently sentenced to 86-year imprisonment by a US court, is released and returned to Pakistan.