2714 people killed, 728 injured in 409 US drone attacks in Pakistan since January 2004; 289 attacks conducted in …

Islamabad: The US has carried out a total of 409 drone attacks in Pakistan targeting suspected militants since January 2004, killing 2,714 people and injuring 728 others, a media report said on Friday.

The attacks, carried out by the CIA-operated drones, over the years have targeted the areas of Bajaur, Bannu, Hangu, Khyber, Kurram, Mohmand, North Waziristan, Nushki, Orakzai, and South Waziristan, Dawn reported. Majority of the drone strikes were carried out during the government of the Pakistan Peoples Party between 2008 and 2012.

Citing sources within the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), the paper said the period saw 336 aerial attacks, in which 2,282 people lost their lives and 658 received injuries. The officials said that 2010 alone saw 117 attacks that killed 775 people and injured 193 others.

The US rarely discusses the strikes in public because of their covert nature. AFP... read more at: https://www.firstpost.com/world/2714-people-killed-728-injured-in-409-us-drone-attacks-in-pakistan-since-january-2004-289-attacks-conducted-in-north-waziristan-alone-5524681.html