US drone attack kills four militants in Pakistan: Officials

By AFP
Published: January 11, 2012

A drone targeted a militant compound, killing four.

MIRANSHAH: After a lull of about 55 days, the valleys of Pakistan’s tribal region reverberated once more with missile fire from stealthy US air borne drones. Two  missiles destroyed a militant compound in Pakistan’s tribal area near the Afghan border, killing four militants late on Tuesday, security officials said.

The missiles struck a compound on the outer skirts of Miranshah, in the North Waziristan region, killing four, one official said.

The attack triggered a fire in the building and flames could be seen from the roof of houses in Miranshah, five kilometres away, residents reported.

The drone attack and the casualties were confirmed by two other security officials.

The strike was the first since US-Pakistan relations plunged to their lowest level after the November 26 helicopter strikes on a border check post which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

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Reader Comments (69)

  • Faraz
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:27AM

    I was under the impression that we will attack any drones headed our way. Is our army softening up on its stance?

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  • DroneAcharya
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:28AM

    All hail to the “ababeels” ; The Drone is truly the next best invention since the wheel !!!

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  • Roflcopter
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:31AM

    sigh the terrorist attacks have started again.

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  • Masood
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:33AM

    Happy New Year

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Could our parliament and civilian leadership please clearly come out and condemn this, raise the issue in the UN, order the military to take action wherever feasible against these drones?

    And if the decision to allow these drone strikes is the military’s, then could our parliament and PPP led government come out and strongly condemn the military for allowing these strikes, and do that which is outlined in the first paragraph …

    Time for those ‘representing the will of the people’ to take a stand and either accept that they are allowing these strikes, or call out and condemn the military for doing so.

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  • Adnan Hameed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:43AM

    This drone was on the critical stage when Supreme Court of Pakistan gave his decision about President and Prime Minister on NRO verdict.All this is to help zardari govt. by US…Yeh loog ghaddar hain,,shame on them,,shame zardari and gilani……sirf apni govt. bchany k lie Country ki respect daoo pe lgai…Recommend

  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:45AM

    Here we go again…

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  • sohaib
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:05AM

    our military is just doing shadow boxing. We will not be able get out of this war! Very soon the NATO supply lines will reopen.

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  • Salman
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:06AM

    Pasha’s Qatar visit outcome.

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  • Cautious
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:24AM

    It would appear that the USA got impatient with the progress of the Pak/USA negotiations.

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  • Bling Bling
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:27AM

    Everything is back to normal :)

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  • Javed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:28AM

    It’s good that the drones are back. Someone needs to tackle these terrorists because we will definitely not, even when they brutally murder our soldiers.

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  • Hamza Farooqi
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:31AM

    and they return… Im not too surprised. At the same time, whether we admit it or not, many pakistanis who are fed up of terrorism would support these. if only all collateral damage was brought to NIL. not even one innocent.

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  • Maryam
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:39AM

    That is a welcome development as this drone got 4 militants who will otherwise do bomb blasts like that of Khyber Agency as of today where more than 30 innocent people died due to these militants. If our government and army cannot get us rid of these militants then our last hope is these drone attacks.

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  • Faisal L.
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Oh boy. Not again!

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:41AM

    WOW Drones are back !!! Pak-American relations musst be getting better !!!! LOL!!!

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 4:49AM

    Terrorist holiday season is over, welcome back drones!

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  • grain of truth
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:53AM

    Shame on the armed forces for allowinv this transgression… only creates more havoc later.

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  • Iron hand
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:19AM

    America has made it clear that safe havens for terrorist fanatics will not be tolerated. Pakistan has a choice: take control and exercise ACTUAL sovereignty over the tribal areas, or step back while the US eliminates the cancer.

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 5:21AM

    Thank you America. Today you’ve avenged the slaying of 29 people who were killed in a suicide bomb blast yesterday in Jamrud.
    America is fighting a war which we should be fighting for our own survival.
    Honestly my respect for US, Israel and India is increasing day by day.

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  • Singh
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:49AM

    Where is PAF?

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  • Proud Pakistani Pakthoon
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:07AM

    …. I blame Zardari and Gilani. I hate those guys

    Imran Khan will stop this.

    ELECTIONS NOW!

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  • Salim
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:29AM

    ET does not say four terrorists or four militants any more. Just four. Interesting shift of tone.

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  • Aceleaf
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:34AM

    The human rights of terrorists, the soverignty of deep state was seriously voilated.
    “We will kill all terrorists with our own hands.But currently we dont have resources, ability and will to kill them.”
    This is our principled stand.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:52AM

    Business as usual. This proves that we really have no Ghairat! No statement from ISPR. What happened to all the chest beating?

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  • Sher khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:04AM

    Rofl, so much for the sovereignty of Pakistan. We thought Pakistan was serious in protecting its borders this time

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  • DroneAcharya
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Hey, somebody else is posing as DroneAcharya !! Beware of such posts. There is only one DroneAcharya and I hope the Supreme Court takes suo moto notice of this impostor and charges him under Memogate and NRO. I await a short order from the SC shortly.

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  • DroneAcharya
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:17AM

    Where are the drones operating from now? Shamsi has been taken back and the drone attacks were supposed to stop. Kayani even said that the military might take on the drones. Was it all just hot air?

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 7:21AM

    @Roflcopter:
    Yeah, one of our strategic assets killed 29 and injured more than 50 innocent, unarmed, common Pakistanis in a suicide bombings just days back in Jamrud.
    Obviously you don’t know that. You can only see when Drones kill militants.
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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:40AM

    WOW, drone strikes resume after 15 Pakistani soldiers brutally “executed” (40 bullets each)by militants/TTP inside Pakistan! Strike casualties confirmed by ISI/Army agents near the target area! I would guess that the above “execution” helped to resolve some issues between the US and Pakistan!

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  • Babloo
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:06AM

    Can SC order the drones to stop flying ? can drones be chanrged with ‘contempt of court’ ?

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  • Babloo
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:08AM

    “Where is PAF” ?

    Those are strategic assets which need to be protected in case of hostilities. Remember when US attacked Iraq, Sadaam flew all his planes to Iran to protect them. They dont want to fight with them and get them damaged when they know what the outcome will be anyway. Smart thinking on part of PAF.

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  • ABC
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:09AM

    when are you opening the NATO supply routes? At least could have waited for the ” chalesswan ” (40 days – mourning ) of our soldiers ?

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:49AM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    i hope you are being sarcastic

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  • cc
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:18AM

    Thank God it started again…I was really tense about the PoliticiansRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:22AM

    What is the proof that the people who were killed in drone attacks were militants?

    Drone attacks are the attacks on Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity. If our Air force cannot shoot down the drones, it means that Pakistan Air force is not capable to save the motherland.

    Tomorrow Israeli jets having stealth technology may come and attack on Pakistan’s nuclear assets, or even drop an atom bomb Will our Air force is capable to stop Israeli jets?

    There is a big question mark on Pakistan Air force capability.

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  • Bobola
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:38AM

    US just passing along a message for the Pak military. Stop killing our people or we will unleash the Americans. Is anyone listening?

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  • ashok sai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:38AM

    Where is Sovereignty now ? I remember someone said, ‘they will think 10 times before launch attack on our soil’, seems the count is over. In real sense Pakistanis has to be thankful for these terror hunting machine, pathetic is US more concerned about terrorist inside Pak than the deep state.

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 9:43AM

    Sovereignty at stake again… let us create a lot of noise, hue and cry… Let us forget 25 FC personnel killed by Taliban in the past week. Let us forget the recent suicide attack in Tribal areas that resulted in 30 deaths…

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  • UMAIR
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:50AM

    hence the reality is we are not enough capable to deal with drones

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:53AM

    As the terrorists from Afghanistan border attack us on land, terrorists from Washington attack us from air… they always seem to work in tandem…
    Friends or Foes?

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  • maz3tt
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:58AM

    nothing going to change .words are only words unless they are translated into actions

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:19AM

    An attack on our sovereignty.

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  • Rameez
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Next attack will not be tolerated – Pak Army

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  • AWA
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:34AM

    Holla New year

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  • sial
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:43AM

    The americans are taking advantage of our dysfunctionalism, the present cold war between the corrupt executive and the judiciary.

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  • Mast Maula
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Why are my brothers here so surprised ? The news says they killed militant why are people like roftcopter so angry about it ? Did it hurt to loose strategic assets ? if you can;t clean your house and live the stink others will be forced to do something. So stop complaining and be thankful someone is putting your house in order

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  • MS
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:10AM

    That was a bit freakish…or not

    9th Jan – cia likely to resume drone strikes
    10th Jan – cia resumed drone strikes

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:12AM

    ‘Welcome back dear drones.’ Wishing you more success throughout the year .

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  • Bangash
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Well done, since there are only human in pak army and pak civilian are not human at all. Pak army closed all ways with US when they were attacked but what when civlian were bieng attacked.Recommend

  • Jat
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Enough is enough – another attack on our sovereignty will not be tolerated – Pak Army

    And any attack after that will be even more strongly “not tolerated” – Pak Army

    and so on …

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  • Azad qabayeel
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Yesterday human drones killed 35 innocent Pashtuns and today Drones killed human drones, seems drone pilot is Pashtun revenging yesterday attack on innocent Pashtuns ;)

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  • alicia
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:21PM

    I thought Kyani said that we will attack drones????

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  • Mir
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:47PM

    so Imran khan would you justify your claims against drone attacks now???Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:09PM

    who decide that they are militants or civilian… Shame on all those who are involved in killing of people….

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 3:20PM

    @Hu Jintao:
    No Sir… I am serious.

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  • MarkH
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:35PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    We talked to them first. Our words are so convincing that not only do we get sworn statements, we also get them to agree to stand still and wait until we can get a drone out there.
    Really. You’re the type to believe anything you’re told if it fits what you want it to be. Don’t change your pace and disagree with me, now. My feelings will be hurt.

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  • Jp
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:36PM

    @ashok sai:
    Somewhere the counting slipped due to the memogate & it has to be started again

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  • Thinking fool
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Indian FM is in Israel doing some serious dealings. Same day 1 top Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in a carbomb attack & here comes drone with more accuracy. Is this a CIA,Mossad,RAW conspiracy?

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  • bilal ahmed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:43PM

    people its our responsibility to deal with these terrorists killing our army personnel… when we will learn to take the responsibility and stop allowing others to *help kill us terrorist…..

    People are so dumb… .whenever our people demands to stop american aggression… these talibans or terrorists start killing our army and people through attacks to justify US killing spree…..they are confusing the cause and effect and people are so naive to say that it is good that drones are helping..

    I will call those saying “Drones Are good” at this forum either not so educated or an american or indian agent purposefully dissimimenating this false propaganda !!

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  • Ajamal
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Any house destroyed is a “militant compound” (since when we started living in western compounds!).

    Any one killed is a militant (no verification needed), including kids, women and elderly.

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  • Dilbar Jahan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Welcome back, dear drones! We missed you a lot during the past 55 days. We wish you all the success.

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  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Some cheques arrive . It is a solace to imperial Democrats in Washington. For Pakistan , it is a national compromise in the interests of balance of payments. January, February and March are critical. TTP knows this fact to lay down the arms. It is not talks but bitter facts that weigh .

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  • Realist
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:28PM

    The latest spate of terrorist attacks during the long pause in drone strikes is solid proof that Pakistan is a nation that is too weak to solely maintain peace and sovereignty within its own soil. The pause in drone strikes was Pakistan’s golden opportunity to prove to the world that it does not need foreign intervention to fight terrorism. During this period, however, Pakistan miserably failed to prove its strength and will to the world: Terrorist attacks increased while the terrorists themselves bragged about relative freedom. It is very simple… Without the might and generosity of the United States, Pakistan would be a uglier place than it already is. Pakistani’s should sit back like children and let the real professionals (the US) do their work… No point in having your little rallies and burning the US flag; nobody is watching and you all look stupid.Recommend

  • Menon
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:38PM

    @Babloo:

    Iran allowing Saddam to store his fighter planes is joke! Saddam fought Iran for 9 years they are not exactly bosom buds.

    Get your facts straight

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  • Samir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:15AM

    It’s how the Mummy Daddy Burger Crowd/Imran Khan Idolators and the Army-sympathizer crowd all hate drone strikes but everyone who lives in the Tribal Areas (Except for the terrorists) loves them.

    The drone strikes kill terrorists and make the lives of people better.

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  • Isaaq
    Jan 12, 2012 - 4:03AM

    The Pakistani government has no backbone. If it supports the drone strikes, then publically say so instead of criticising the attacks when things don’t go to plan. If it is against the drone strikes, then withdraw permission. End of story.

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  • Babar H.
    Jan 13, 2012 - 7:10PM

    @Akhtar:
    If the Taliban is allowed to do their business as usual then it’s all Fair that America do their business as usual of protecting their land & people. Destruction of U.S is the business of these extremists isn’t it?. So much for being nice as a “modern man”. These terrorists reminded the West the world is not that modern yet. Beside that we lost our Ghayrat when we let these bomb, burn, shoot and slaughter our youngs, women, school kids, shoppers, Namazis, visitors os Saint Shrines, Reporters, Cameramen, young army cadets in school. I mean who’s side are we on? innocents or terrorist ? Recommend

  • HTT
    Jan 20, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Pakistan is neither Iraq nor Afghanistan, thats ture…………………………….but it is neither Iran, Kiyani missed to say this last time.

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