Miranshah, Pakistan - At least seven insurgents were killed Sunday in two attacks by U.S. drone on a single town in the tribal area of North Waziristan in northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said . The missiles were thrown at Datta Khel, some 40 km west of Miranshah, the main town in the tribal region of North Waziristan, a frequent target of strikes, officials added.
A first "U.S. drone hit a car that had just parked near a house. Four insurgents were killed," he told AFP an official security services of Miranshah.
A second attack targeted insurgents riding a motorcycle, a source said the security services. At least three insurgents were killed in the second attack on Datta Khel, Pakistani officials said.
In the nearby town of Mir Ali some 1,800 people demonstrated Sunday against the frequent drone strikes, witnesses said.
The markets were closed, and there was no traffic on the road usually busy Bannu-Miranshah which passes through Mir Ali.
"The government must take immediate action to stop attacks by drones or we will launch a protest and march on Islamabad," warned a tribal leader, before the demonstrators shouted slogans against the United States and the CIA.
On 19 January last five suspected rebels were killed in similar attacks on 12 three, five and 15 on 7 January 1.
Already Friday, hundreds of Pakistani tribal areas had demonstrated against the drone attacks saying they were killing innocent people, including women and children. The event brought together in Miranshah more than 1,000 people chanting slogans again against the United States and the CIA.
Launched in 2004, the campaign of U.S. drone fired on the north-west Pakistan has intensified significantly since the summer of 2008 and the salvos of missiles in recent months have become very frequent, even daily during certain periods.
In 2010, hundreds of drones have fired more than 670 dead, while last year 45 missiles fired from unmanned aircraft had 420 deaths, according to an AFP count.
Pakistani tribal areas are the main rear base for Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda allies, who will carry out attacks across the border against U.S. forces and NATO operations in Afghanistan.