US drone attack kills three children

Published September 5, 2008

MIRANSHAH At least three children were killed on Friday when missiles fired by an unmanned aircraft hit a house in a Pakistani tribal border area, officials said.
Three children and two women have been killed in the missile strike which destroyed two village homes, another official said, adding that one woman was injured.
We suspect that the missiles were fired by forces across the border, the official said. This was the third strike in as many days in the area and blamed on Afghanistan-based international forces.
'Two drones were flying in the area. They fired three missiles,' said a witness in the region, near the Afghan border.
The strike on Friday hit the house of a tribesman in North Waziristans Goorweck Baipali village, 30 kilometres west of the regions main town of Miranshah, an unnamed security official said.
At least five militants were killed on Thursday when a missile fired from a pilotless plane hit a house in the North Waziristan village of Mohammad Khel, officials said.
The missile strikes targeting militants in Pakistan in recent weeks have been blamed on US-led coalition forces or CIA drones based in Afghanistan.
The White House declined to comment directly on the claim of US involvement from across the border in Afghanistan in recent days.

We respect their sovereignty and we support their new civilian government, spokeswoman Dana Perino said of Pakistan, adding that US President George W. Bush grieves any time there is a loss of innocent life.

 

I have no comment on reports of anything in Pakistan. As I said yesterday, however, we are in constant communication with the Pakistanis, said Perino, who on Thursday had underlined the need to improve counter-terrorism cooperation with Islamabad.
 
We are bound and determined to work with them to fight the extremists who threaten all of us, the spokeswoman said.
 
Military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said they were checking reports of the attack.

 

Pakistani forces did not carry out any activity in the area, Abbas said.
 
A tribesman in Miranshah said the village criss-crossed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Half of the village is in Pakistan and the other half is in Afghanistan, Aqleem Khan said.
 
Fridays incident followed a separate attack late Thursday when at least five militants were killed when a missile fired from an unmanned plane hit a house in the North Waziristan village of Mohammad Khel, officials said.
 
Around 3,000 Pakistani tribesmen chanted Allahu akbar and death to America in South Waziristans Wana district after Friday prayers to protest at Wednesdays claimed US-led raid, which involved helicopter gunships and ground troops.

Both the US-led coalition and the separate NATO-led security force operating in Afghanistan have said they have no knowledge of that incident.
 
 
 
 

Opinion

Editorial

Worsening hunger
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Worsening hunger

THAT the dollar liquidity crunch has started hurting the import of essential items such as vegetables and raw...
Bannu beheading
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Bannu beheading

The state must take up the cudgels and neutralise barbarism before it spreads.
Smog misery
08 Dec, 2022

Smog misery

IF 2022 has taught us anything, it is that generations of reckless disregard for Mother Nature has accrued very ...
Disquiet on the western front
Updated 07 Dec, 2022

Disquiet on the western front

IT is very difficult for Pakistan to be delinked from Afghanistan, because of reasons of geography and history.
Fuel from Russia
07 Dec, 2022

Fuel from Russia

THE apparent headway made with Russia for the purchase of its crude oil, petrol and diesel at discounted prices is a...
More women SHOs
07 Dec, 2022

More women SHOs

IT is encouraging to see more employment avenues opening up for women in Pakistan, with an increasing number of...