Seven killed as drone targets boat near Pak-Afghan border

Seven killed as drone targets boat near Pak-Afghan border | PakistanTribeKHAYBER AGENCY – At least seven persons were killed and several others injured in a U.S. drone strike on a boat in Kabul River in Afghan area along the Pak-Afghan border on Saturday.

According to reports, missiles fired by the drone plane struck a boat in the Kabul River on the Afghan side of the porous border, close to Loe Shalman area in Landi Kotal subdivision of Pakistan’s Khyber tribal agency.

Intelligence sources suggested the strike was carried out in Lalpura area of Nangarhar province Afghanistan.

According to some reports, the attack killed up to five suspected militants. US drone fired two missiles on the boat.

There has so far been no official confirmation of the strike from political authorities from either country. According to a private TV channel, the bodies were swept away by the river water, adding that the death toll could increase as the number of people riding the boat is not known.

Pakistan condemns drone attacks and says the attacks in the semi-autonomous tribal areas violate its “sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

Pakistan moreover maintains that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications apart from setting dangerous precedents in inter-state relations.

The attack comes days after the US warned Pakistan that the Coalition Support reimbursements and security assistance could be held up if land routes remained closed for movement of US and Nato cargo to and from Afghanistan.

The warning came during US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel’s Monday visit to Pakistan. Chuck met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif.

Hagel’s trip, which is also the first by an American defence secretary to Pakistan in four years, followed US decision to suspend the use of land routes through Pakistani territory in the wake of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s protests against drone attacks.

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