— File Photo

MIRAMSHAH: A US drone came down in Machikhel area of Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday night, official sources confirmed.

The pilot-less aircraft crashed after developing some technical fault, official sources said.

But local Taliban rejected the claim, saying they had downed the drone with gunshots at around 8:30pm when it was flying at low altitude.

They claimed that they had with them parts of the wreckage.

The area people said several drones were seen flying over different localities of the region till late into night.

It was the second drone that had been reportedly targeted by the Taliban in North Waziristan. The first one was downed last year and the shooter was given a double-cabin vehicle by the Taliban as prize.

Reuters adds: Taliban militants led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur said they had collected wreckage of the destroyed drone and would provide its pictures to the media on Sunday.

“The drone today in Machikhel was flying at low altitude and our fighters fired at and shot it down,” a local ‘commander’ of the Taliban said. “We have trained people for such type of job.”

A US official in Washington denied the Taliban had shot down the drone and declined further comment. The CIA, which runs the drone campaign, also declined to comment.

Opinion

Editorial

By-election trends
Updated 23 Apr, 2024

By-election trends

Unless the culture of violence and rigging is rooted out, the credibility of the electoral process in Pakistan will continue to remain under a cloud.
Privatising PIA
23 Apr, 2024

Privatising PIA

FINANCE Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb’s reaffirmation that the process of disinvestment of the loss-making national...
Suffering in captivity
23 Apr, 2024

Suffering in captivity

YET another animal — a lioness — is critically ill at the Karachi Zoo. The feline, emaciated and barely able to...
Not without reform
Updated 22 Apr, 2024

Not without reform

The problem with us is that our ruling elite is still trying to find a way around the tough reforms that will hit their privileges.
Raisi’s visit
22 Apr, 2024

Raisi’s visit

IRANIAN President Ebrahim Raisi, who begins his three-day trip to Pakistan today, will be visiting the country ...
Janus-faced
22 Apr, 2024

Janus-faced

THE US has done it again. While officially insisting it is committed to a peaceful resolution to the...