Pakistan: 67 of 2,227 killed by drones were civilians

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ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani government says U.S. drone strikes have killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians in the country since 2008.

The civilian casualties, which constituted 3 percent of the total deaths, seemed surprisingly low given past information provided by the government and estimates from independent organizations.

The Ministry of Defense provided the data Wednesday in a written response to questions from the Senate.

A U.N. expert said earlier this month that the Pakistani government informed him that at least 400 civilians have been killed by drone strikes in the country since they started in 2004.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based in London, has estimated that at least 300 civilians have been killed by drones in Pakistan since 2008. The Washington-based New America Foundation put the figure at 185 civilians.

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