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Tribesmen protest drone attacks

June 16, 2011


MIRAMSHAH, June 16: The enraged tribesmen blocked Bannu-Miramshah Road on Thursday to protest killing of innocent people in US drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency.

Hundreds of tribesmen placed the coffins of the four victims, killed in US drone attack the other day, on the main road and blocked it to all kinds of traffic. The protesting tribesmen were also chanting slogans against the US and Pakistan government.

The tribal elders said that they would observe complete wheel jam strike in North Waziristan on Monday against US drone attacks. More than 2,000 tribesmen participated in the protest and funeral of the victims, eyewitnesses said.

The victims were laid to rest by the protesters after holding rally and blocking road.

The US drones had fired four missiles at a moving vehicle on Thall-Razmak Road on Wednesday. Six people were killed in the strike. The residents of the area said that four of the victims, who belonged to Borakhel tribe, were identified.

The identity of two other victims could not be established, they added. They said that three victims, including a student, were from the same family. They were residents of Spelga village of North Waziristan. The fourth victim, Akram Shah, was a driver in Wapda, they said.—Correspondent