WANA, Dec 22: Two missile attacks by US drones on Monday killed five militants, said to be ‘Punjabi Taliban’ deployed in South Waziristan to intercept and shoot down intruding aircraft.
Sources said the unmanned drones fired two missiles on vehicles of the Punjabi Taliban in two villages.One of the vehicles was attacked in Ghwakhwa, some seven kilometres south of Wana, killing three militants.
The second vehicle was hit by a missile in Azam Warsak, 12 kilometers west of Wana, killing two Punjabi Taliban.
Local people said that six Taliban speaking Urdu had come to Azam Warsak bazaar in a vehicle.
Four of them disembarked and went to a grocery shop.
At that time a big explosion took place and the vehicle was destroyed.
The locals retrieved the two bodies from the vehicle and handed them over to their other colleagues.
Resident said a fort-like house was also destroyed in the attack.
The unmanned drones have carried out over 30 missile attacks in the tribal region over the past three months, killing over 200 people.
Commander Nobahar of the Mullah Nazir group of Taliban told newsmen that the Taliban Shura had decided at a meeting to avenge the attack within three days.
He said the government was involved in the drone attacks which had killed hundreds of innocent people in Waziristan.