US drone attacks kill 46 in Pakistans Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district

Non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes in the troubled northwestern Pakistan have left at least 46 people dead and several others injured in the past two days.

Journalists report that two unmanned US planes fired four missiles at two houses located in Pakistan’s North Waziristan on Tuesday.

The strike, the third in less than 24 hours, took place in Ghulam Khan village 20 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, killing five people just minutes before 12 others lost their lives in a second air strike.

On Monday, an unmanned US plane fired five missiles at a vehicle and a house in North Waziristan, claiming the lives of 22 people.

US-airstrikes in Pakistan have increased since US President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

Washington claims its air raids target militants who cross the Pakistani border into Afghanistan to help the Taliban fight US-led foreign forces.

However, locals say civilians are the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned attacks. Thousands of civilians have reportedly been killed in about 200 drone raids over the past six years.

Islamabad condemns the strikes as a violation of its sovereignty, asserting that such attacks have proved counterproductive in US-led war against terrorism.