US drone strike claims lives of 7 militants: Officials

Published: May 24, 2011

It was the eighth attack to be reported following the Bin Laden episode.

PESHAWAR: 

Seven militants were killed in a US drone strike on Monday destroyed a vehicle in which they were travelling in North Waziristan.

The attack took place near Mir Ali, some 30 kilometres east of Miramshah, the main town of the tribal area where US officials want Pakistan to launch an offensive against networks fighting in Afghanistan.

“A US drone fired two missiles which hit a vehicle. At least seven militants have been killed,” one security official in Peshawar said. Another intelligence official in Miramshah said two drones fired four missiles, hitting a van and killing at least seven militants.

“I do not know whether there was a high-value target. We received reports that those killed in the van were all foreigners,” he said.

Monday’s attack was the eighth to be reported in the country’s tribal areas near the Afghan border since US commandos killed former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in Abbottabad on May 2.

The drone strikes are hugely unpopular among the general public, who are deeply opposed to the government’s alliance with Washington, and inflame anti-US feeling which has heightened further after the Bin Laden episode.

Missile attacks doubled in the area last year, with more than 100 drone strikes killing over 670 people in 2010, compared with 45 strikes that killed 420 in 2009, according to the news agency’s tally.

The US does not confirm the drone attacks, but its military and the CIA in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy them in the region.

Meanwhile, an explosion damaged a bridge on the main highway that links Islamabad to Peshawar, but caused no casualties.

Traffic remained suspended between the two cities after the explosion near the northwestern town of Rashkai, motorway police spokesman Javed Chaudhry said.

“There were no casualties. The explosion has damaged the rear part of the bridge,” he told the news agency, adding that one car was partially damaged.

“The north side of the motorway has been damaged. We are collecting further information,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2011.


Reader Comments (10)

  • ashok sai
    May 23, 2011 - 6:01PM

    “make hay while the sun shines”.Recommend

  • Sibraza
    May 23, 2011 - 6:06PM

    How convenient.

    Why don’t we DO, something about these attacks? Why not just stop them, instead of warning them for the gazilienth time….Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 23, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Did anyone inform Imran Khan?Recommend

  • atif
    May 23, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @ashok sai:
    @Siraj Ahsan:
    @Sibraza:
    They were criminals, and went to their destination. There are a lot of charges on them that why not case/court/judiciary/evidences were arranged for them, few charges are listed here.

    They were innocent, poor, muslims and pakistanis.
    No human rights are for them
    No media voice are for them
    Nobody to condemn
    USA declare them terrorists, so they are terrorist, If USA declare them then no need of courts/evidences.
    Its jungle law, where stronger is always right.
    Recommend

  • atif
    May 23, 2011 - 10:23PM

    Shame shame Champions of humanity on these extrajudicial killing. What you thinks, these will gone useless, don’t forget there is a supreme power Allah.Recommend

  • yahya-ali
    May 23, 2011 - 10:28PM

    today lot of pakistanis want someone to launch an attack on north wazaristan and finish the sancturies of suicide bombersRecommend

  • Mirza
    May 23, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @Sibraza:
    Well we make speeches, and pass resolutions. You mean why would Pakistan army not fight with their masters? What planet are you living? Didn’t you read that the army chief had requested USA to increase the drone attacks? Who is identifying the targets and conveying the info to the Americans? Recommend

  • Blunt!
    May 24, 2011 - 12:10AM

    So the clean-up is still on! :PRecommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 24, 2011 - 6:48AM

    We sold ourselves to US in 1950s… people dont remember SEATO & CENTO…. do you think they will listen to minoes in Pakistan and jeopordize their larger objectives what ever the are…. If we arent true to ourselves doesnt mean others arent either.
    Imran Khan is pumped by ISI to do a demo so US can be pressured. I think US Govt remains unimpressed and that worries army and its intelligence. Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 24, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Your are cordially invited…Thank you for coming..Regard Gen Kiyani..Recommend

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