Suspected drone strike kills three in Pakistan

May 29, 2013 at 6:46 AM

ISLAMABAD, May 29 (UPI) -- A suspected U.S. drone strike Wednesday in Pakistan's North Waziristan killed at least three people, a Pakistani security official said.

However, residents in Miram Shah told The New York Times, in a telephone interview, that at least four people died and four others were injured in the strike targeting a house in nearby Chashma Pull.

It wasn't known if those killed were militants.

North Waziristan, a tribal region, is seen by U.S. military officials as a haven for militant forces to launch attacks against coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new drone policy to prevent or limit civilian casualties, although the program has been a major factor in crippling al-Qaida and other militants.

Pakistanis have opposed the program, saying it is a violation of their sovereignty which only helps fan anti-American sentiments.

Nawaz Sharif, who is to become Pakistan's prime minister following his party's victory in May 11 elections, wants an end to the drone program.

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