US drone strike kills 15 in North Waziristan: Officials

Published: June 4, 2012

The strike, the third in three days, targeted a militant hideout Mir Ali sub-division, North Waziristan.

MIRANSHAH: At least 15 militants were killed on Monday when a US drone fired four missiles on a militant compound in Mir Ali sub-division, North Waziristan, security officials said.

A security official said that the compound was targeted in the Esokhel area of Mir Ali and that locals along with foreign militants were killed. “I don’t know how many foreign militants were killed but we are sure that foreigners were among the dead,” said an official of the security force.

According to a tribesman who was an eyewitness, the compound was razed to the ground after the attack. “I didn’t go near the house, as I avoid going near places where drone strikes take place,” he added.

He added that soon after the attack, local militants surrounded the area and started rescue work by pulling out the bodies from the debris and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

It was third strike in consecutive three days in the region.

Reader Comments (26)

  • Noble Tufail
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:20AM

    people who still live in tribal areas are those who cannot move due to poverty … President Obama you are only killing innocent helpless civilians including women and children.

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  • Syed Noman Hussain
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:38AM

    A bad marriage between Pakistan & USA is on its peak. These Drone attacks will continue till they finish half of the population of the province, and Pakistan will come up with nothing, but only statement.

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  • AMK
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:39AM

    we need to think abt this otherwise that day is not away when drones will be flying around Islamabad

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  • ayesha_khan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 10:50AM

    This is one news. The other news is UA and Pakistan are close to an agreement on NATO supply lines. What happened to the parliamentary guidelines requiring stoppage of drones? Where is he apology? What happened to all the drama of sovereignty?

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  • Javaad Ali
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:09AM

    And, as usual, our armed forces, set-up and maintained by us to protect us …… DID NOTHING

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  • syed Imran
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:10AM

    such attacks would make it much more difficult to allow NATO supplies move through Pakistan

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  • indian
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:12AM

    great . Beautiful

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  • Jat
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Pakistan retaliates – no more visas for drones. Any drone trying to sneak in illegally will be repatriated to the parent country.

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  • Jat
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:23AM

    @Noble Tufail: President Obama is the president of an enemy country; what is your president and army doing to protect your innocent helpless civilians (including women and children) ??

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  • vasan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:29AM

    ayesha_khan : It is all bundled as a package into the $5000 transit fee per container which is the quantification of all those attributes done by Pak establishment and govt.

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  • Nikarish
    Jun 4, 2012 - 11:43AM

    15 militants less for the pak army to worry about.
    Great.

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  • Prakash
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:07PM

    You can’t both be against the drones, and against the militants that the drones are trying to kill.
    Choose who you are with, and who you are against.

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  • kakarie
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:20PM

    Better option than PAF using google maps or blind artilary. The results of 5000 sorties, 12000 bombs = only civilan killed, while 297 drones took Baitulla, Qari Hussain & Kashmiri & thousand relevant jihadis to Janat ul Firdus, Let the Babaeel do the work.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:29PM

    What are our Hatf and assorted missiles for?

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  • Arindom
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Good Shot!!

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  • khalil
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:40PM

    The recent drone attacks are in the retaliation of the militants attack on the US military base in Khust province of Afghanistan near to NW. I would like to ask where these terrorists came from? Around 15 armed terrorists attacked joint Afghan-US military base in that province which they killed seven Afghan civilians who were working as labours there. Every action has a reaction.

    K Afghan-Pashtoon

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  • gp65
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:48PM

    My dear Pakistani brethren, you claim that the drones are killing innocent Pakistani citizens. So what is your army doing to protect you? Where is your return for 43% of tax revenue collected which goes to your armed forces?

    US has not apologized for Salala and you are rightfully angry. More than 24 people have been killed in drone strikes just in the last week. How come no-one is demanding apology from your armed forces who are failing to protect you?

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  • Dr Vikas
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:51PM

    I have read in ET & other Pakistani websites about trial runs of many missiles like Hatf,etc etc.They all have been boasting of range of 200-800km boasting to cover entire India.
    This drone attack is clear case of violation of Pakistani territory soverognity .
    I think this is the best time to try these missiles practically. Or they are being manufactured to be displayed in some museum.

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  • SoundofFury
    Jun 4, 2012 - 2:07PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:

    Basically to show off. Which is why the repeat the same test over and over again.

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  • Nikarish
    Jun 4, 2012 - 2:28PM

    @gp65:
    On top of that, the pak forces firef first against the NATO forces.

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  • Ansari
    Jun 4, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Pakistan Army is a real shame, a real disgrace. May families of officials of Pakistan Army are roasted in same drone attacks.

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  • Revolutionary
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Dr Waqas: very good point… Otherwise why billions are being wasted for keeping world’s sixth largest Army.Recommend

  • FactCheck
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:49PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:
    For show on Pakistn day and independence day!

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:51PM

    @Dr Vikas:
    People aren’t going to sit there and let themselves get killed just because it hurts Pakistan’s feelings. Take care of them yourselves or count yourselves lucky that drones are the only thing violating your distorted definition of sovereignty.

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  • Roflcopter
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Another cowardly attack on innocent people.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:37AM

    And America pretends to be shocked and surprised when so called militants try to kill them. At least the militants put their life on the line. Unlike cowardly Americans using drones.

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