Drone attack kills 12 suspected militants in South Waziristan

Published: March 9, 2012

At least 12 militants were killed when an unmanned US predator fired three missiles on a vehicle in South Waziristan Agency, officials said.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: At least 12 militants were killed when an unmanned US predator fired three missiles on a vehicle in South Waziristan Agency, officials said.

An official told The Express Tribune that the attack took place in the Mandao area on the border between North and South Waziristan agencies. “One missile hit the vehicle while the other two landed nearby,” he said.

Local sources said that the area, Sara Rogha sector, is sparsely populated and the vehicle was completely destroyed.

The area is inhabited by repatriated members of the Mehsud Tribe, many of whom had left because of a military operation that was launched in the area. The next phase of repatriation of the Mehsud Tribe is expected to start on March 15.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Drone Bhaijan Al-Jadeed Wal-Shadeed
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Where is the next Dafa-e-Pakistan rally?

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  • Michael_jog
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Killing people on the basis of suspicion is the worst form of crime no different to what hitler did once

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  • Michael_jog
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Drone Bhaijan Al-Jadeed Wal-Shadeed: Mate we don’t need a rally to condem such attacks every human with coin sense will oppose it

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  • Ahmad
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Well Pakistanis don’t seem to have a problem in having someone else kill their fellow Pakistanis… no wonder everyone treats us like the way they treat us… unreal that some people would actually get happy on deaths of innocent civilians which is 90% of the case…

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  • Kamran
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Drone Bhaijan Al-Jadeed Wal-Shadeed:
    Here it is: http://bbc.in/wmJ4Mw

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Where is Imran Khan and his tsunami which was to wash away the drones?

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  • Azim
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Great – hope these drone get rest of TTP leadership this time around!!

    Drone have been very effective to control these terrorists! something our army, Govt, as well as we as a nation have failed on. And for all those who question drone, be reminded drone came after TTP gave refuge to Al-Qaeda! Yes we as a nation are paying price of these drone strikes, but we need to remember that we collectively are responsible for letting these criminals settle and operate from our homeland.

    We could had seen Al-Qaeda / Taliban ruling the country by now if drones would had not been there. From Osama, to Khalid Sheikh to other prominent leadership, all were caught of killed in Pakistan. Another example that we need to worry about is how Army brigadier of strategic and famous III brigade was planning for a hostile takeover and handover of Pakistan to terrorist!

    So, while there is bad coming from drones, I feel it has been a blessing in disguise for Pakistan.

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  • Nasir
    Mar 9, 2012 - 9:18PM

    I say extend drone strikes to the inner cities where known terrorists are residing and spreading hate in full view of the authorities. If we are to incompetent or scared to take care of our terrorist problem then there is nothing wrong in outsourcing the job.

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  • Shakky
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:07PM

    @Azim: Excellent post! Completely agree with you. Those who complain about the drones seem to forget that the targets of these strikes are militants who are responsible for killing and maiming hundreds, if not thousands, of Pakistanis. All the quackery about Pakistan’s sovereignty being violated conveniently ignores the fact that the militants have been violating that sovereignty for years.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:31PM

    It is always interesting to read how drone attacks kill suspected militants while the PAK military kills only militants. This just proves that the PAK military is the best in the world.

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  • well-wisher
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:42PM

    The terrorists who kill innocent people should be killed by any means and drones is one of the most effective weopon system to achieve it.

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  • usman
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Since when has the world acquiesced to the killing of the suspects!

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  • Zeta
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Drone attack kills 12 suspected militants in South Waziristan

    Good Job killing “SUSPECTED” militants. eh!

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  • Mirza
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:39AM

    We have failed to exercise our own control over these parts of the country we now have no right to complaint. If our more than half a million army cannot do it, the world would not sit idle on their hands. As we say it is a dirty job but somebody has got to do it! In fact if we really want to control terrorism we should be happy that it is being done without us getting involved.

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  • Naseer
    Mar 10, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Harry Stone: PAK military is the best in the world.

    I love Pakistan and our forces but recent headlines typically says “1 terrorist and 20 soldiers die in the fight“. This is not good.Recommend

  • Barack O Anonymous
    Mar 10, 2012 - 1:28AM

    What we Amreecans can’t understand why you people complain. You beg us for money every year – since last 50 years or so. We give you money and make your leaders and Army fat and happy. You stay thankless and your khaki/ISI continues to spawn people that want to hurt us and our interests. So we use the cheapest form of killing machine i.e. drones. Seriously, you think these people would think twice about flying these bad boys on NY or DC?

    What would you have us do? Gas them? Seriously, given you are not sovereign – you have show-sha of being a functioning democracy and sovereign but you know as well any anybody with half a brain that it is farce. You are NOT sovereign.

    So stop being begger or “bhikhari” as you call it, and have a functioning state then we can talk about us not killing your bad guys. No go back to saying your prayers and still being one of the most corrupt states in the world and persecuting and killing your own people in the name of religion.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 10, 2012 - 2:07AM

    @Michael_jog:
    Yes, it is different than what Hitler did. I’d give some examples but first I’d love to see some of yours to actually back your own statement up. I hope you’re a verbal contortionist if you attempt it.

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  • Kashif Rizwan Memon
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:38AM

    well this is soverign pakistan

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