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US drone kills four suspected militants in North Waziristan

Updated Dec 26, 2013 07:43pm


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Two missiles were fired by a US drone near Miramshah killing four suspected militants late on Wednesday night. – File Photo
Two missiles were fired by a US drone near Miramshah killing four suspected militants late on Wednesday night. – File Photo

MIRAMSHAH: At least four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound near Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, DawnNews reported late Wednesday night.

The attack took place around midnight in Qutab Khel village, five kilometres (three miles) south of Miramshah.

News agency AFP, however, reported three deaths.

“A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing at least three suspected insurgents,” a senior security official told AFP. A security official in Peshawar confirmed the attack and casualties.

Another official in Miramshah put the death toll at four and said a fifth militant was seriously injured.

The identities of those killed in the strike were not immediately known but officials suspect that they were of Afghan origin.

The area residents surrounded the house after the attack and pulled out the bodies, sources said, adding the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

The unmanned aircraft kept flying over the area after the strike that took place at around midnight, they said.

This was the first drone strike in the area during the month.

North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws.

The region is chiefly off-limits to reporters because of security worries and government restrictions due to which reliable casualty figures are difficult to acquire from there.

An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region, known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.

Pakistani government criticises drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty and counterproductive to anti-terror efforts. But ties with Washington have nevertheless improved this year after lurching from crisis to crisis in 2011 and 2012.

Last month, a US drone attack on a seminary linked to the feared Haqqani militant network in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest killed at least six people.

The attack, which militant sources said killed the Haqqanis' spiritual leader along with five others, was extremely unusual as it was mounted outside Pakistan's lawless tribal areas on the Afghan border.


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Comments (12) Closed

shah Dec 26, 2013 12:42am

I stopped blaming Americans a long time ago. I WANT to see our leaders hanging from the lamp posts in Islamabad. Millions feel the same way!!! Just sad Islamabad is so far away from the population centers, or els thus would already have happened!!!!

Karim Dec 26, 2013 01:44am

US will continue shooting terrorists and will not be blackmailed by PTI and other mullah parties.

fsl Dec 26, 2013 03:16am

Excellent. How many more to go?

M Khan Dec 26, 2013 03:24am

Thank you America! God Bless You...

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Dec 26, 2013 04:16am

Pakistan Army should take the initiative itself and not leave it to the Big Brother who in fact encouraged the trouble-makers when it suited them!

Ironically, about 25 years ago, these very people were honoured guests at the White House!

NASAH (USA) Dec 26, 2013 06:22am

The countdown on Fazlullah has begun.

fuster Dec 26, 2013 10:07am

that Pakistan's government doesn't control North Waziristan is a far greater insult to Pakistan's sovereignty than are the drone strikes.

M Khaleeq Dec 26, 2013 01:04pm

Good News 4 more killers of 50,000 innocents Dead.

Ahmer Dec 26, 2013 09:19pm

Thank you, USA. There is no other option but to kill these terrorists.

Zobia Khan Dec 26, 2013 11:57pm

@shah: Why do you want to hang your own leaders? Where were you when 50,000 of our people were being slaughtered by these militants? Let the US do the job, and support our leaders. Pakistan army has tried over and over again to eradicate these militants, we suffer more casualties because our army is not trained to fight an insurgency, it is trained to fight another army like Indian army. The US has the best capability to fight insurgencies, they retooled their army during the war in Iraq.

Do you celebrate with the militant send a suicide bomber to a masjid and kill all those who are there praying? How come they are not condemned for the indiscriminate killing of everyone? I guess you are one of them.

Naila Dec 27, 2013 04:15am

Thank you Obama. Please continue eliminating these terrorists from our land. Nobody takes Imran, PTI or any of our so-called leaders seriously. Please ignore them.

Sami Dec 28, 2013 09:00pm

What will happen if by mistake the drone hits our Parliament?