Friday, January 13, 2006

US missiles kills 18 civilians in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- A lawmaker from Pakistan Bajur tribal region said on Friday that an American spy plane fired missiles on three civilians' houses, killing 18 people, including women and children.

"A U.S. spy plane have been flying in the Bajur region for three days. The plane did such a flight early in the morning and bombed three houses of locals in the Damadola village, 50 kilometers away from the Pak-Afghan border," Member of Pakistan's National Assembly from the Bajur tribal region Sahibzada Haroon ur Rashid told journalists on phone from Bajur.

Damadola is around 200 km northwest of the capital, Islamabad.

Rashid said that the plane first threw light and then made a circle around the target and fired eight missiles on the houses of three local tribesmen.

A total of 18 people were killed in the attack which carried out at 3 a.m. on Friday, he said. Four other people, including two children, were injured and they are said to be in critical condition.

Rashid said that no al-Qaeda member or foreign citizen among those died.

"It is inhuman act to kill civilians under the excuse of foreign militants," he said. "The government should officially condemn U.S. attack," said Rashid

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