Up to six suspected militants killed in N. Waziristan drone strike

By AFP
Published: July 6, 2011

Death toll may rise as injured are said to be in critical condition.

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: A US drone strike late Tuesday killed at least four militants in North Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan, local security officials said.

The drone fired two missiles at a guesthouse in Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, the officials said.

“The guesthouse was completely destroyed. At least four militants have been killed in this US drone attack,” said a security official in Mir Ali. “Five other militants were injured.”

The house was about 200 metres from the main bazaar in Mir Ali, he added.

Most drone strikes are against targets in rural areas, rather than in towns.

Another security official in Miranshah confirmed the strike and put the death toll at six. Both officials said they had reports that there were some foreign militants among the dead.

Washington has called Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of al-Qaeda, where Taliban and other al-Qaeda-linked networks have established bases.

A total of 19 US drone strikes have now been reported in the tribal belt since US commandos found and killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a unilateral airborne raid in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.

The raid humiliated Pakistani military and invited allegations of incompetence and complicity, and relations between Islamabad and Washington, wary at the best of times, have since deteriorated sharply.

Islamabad is demanding an end to the drone strikes, while the United States has increasingly demanded that Pakistan take decisive action against terror networks.

 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Samir
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:27AM

    Thumbs up USA.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 6, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Those ingenious American’s figured out a way to bomb terrorist inside Pakistan without using a Pakistani airbase — go figure. Next you know they will be putting a man on the moon.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jul 6, 2011 - 2:27AM

    if they were “foreign” militants who should not be in Pakistan in the first place, then I say good riddance. Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jul 6, 2011 - 3:55AM

    & our nattional bird is busy again! Maulvi Imran khan, why not a dharna at shamsi airbase?Recommend

  • Ether hunt
    Jul 6, 2011 - 5:08AM

    A drone a day, keep terrorist awayRecommend

  • F Robinson
    Jul 6, 2011 - 6:20AM

    Recently a top Pakistani military commander acknowledged that the U.S drone strikes against militant hideouts have been an effective weapon in the anti-militancy fight. Recommend

  • JA
    Jul 6, 2011 - 11:39AM

    Suspected! Good work being done by the torch-bearers of international justice and peace!Recommend

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