US drone strike kills 6 militants in North Waziristan: Officials

Published: August 18, 2012

The drone attack was aimed at a house and a car in the Shawwal district. PHOTO: FILE

DI KHAN: At least six suspected militants were killed when two missiles fired from a US drone targeted a house and vehicle in the Mamon Narai Mountain’s top in Shewdar of district Shawal in North Waziristan at noon on Saturday, confirmed a security official.

The security official told The Express Tribune that one missile targeted the house and another the vehicle, damaging both in the attacks.

It could not be ascertained immediately whether the deceased were foreigners or locals.

The place (Mammon Narai) targeted by drone is the border region of North Waziristan ,located 60km south of the Miran Shah headquarters.

Mamon Narai is a mountains region is inhibited by the Uthmanzai Wazir of North Waziristan is a preferred place for militants.

The attack comes a day after Army chief General Parvez Kayani hinted at a military offensive in the same region but said it would not be initiated at the behest of any outside power.

Last month, a US drone strike on a compound in North Waziristan killed 12 suspected militants.

Reader Comments (29)

  • Anonymous
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Eid Mubarakkkkk :)Recommend

  • FJ
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:58PM

    If militants are killed, it’s a good news then.

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  • sheikh zaad
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:31PM

    This is a joint operation to clear out ttp.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 2:59PM

    So it was a drone not the moon they saw last night ..Proved !!

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  • socratese
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Drones are doing our job by eliminating some of the suicide bombers and barbarians. Pak army should not only move into N Wazirastan but act against all seminaries and mullas who are imparting militant and extremist teachings.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 3:26PM

    EId gift from US. From America with love. No love lost from America. And then Americans ponder why there is increase in attacks form Afghan troops on American troops?

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:42PM

    Mystery of join and coordinated operation strategy is solved. Pak Army will take part in the ground operations while US air strikes through Drones. Thank you for making the nation confused.

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  • Waseem
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:00PM

    thank you, DRONE. keep it up.

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  • Abdullah
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:06PM

    @FJ “If Militants are killed….”, what if militants were not killed? Aren’t people from Waziristan Pakistani?

    Shia, Sunni or people from Wazirsitan, no deserve to be killed like this. If they have committed something wrong, try them in the court. But alas, we have dual standards.

    And shame on people who are making jokes on the death of people.

    And before you start yelling that who cares, they were militant, you must know that “Between 386 and 775 civilians, including 173 children, were killed in the 300 drone attacks since June 17, 2004. The report says between 1,141 and 1,225 persons were injured.”

    source: http://dawn.com/2011/10/16/386-civilians-died-in-300-drone-attacks/

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  • Adnan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:07PM

    You invaded and destroyed their lands, homes, families and also calling them militants…..!

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  • Anti-mullah
    Aug 18, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Who knows they might well would have been the killers of innocent Shias that were butchered few days ago. If our incompetent army and govt can not handle. I say thank you united states.

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  • Shanawar Hashmi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @FJ:
    What if they weren’t militants? The news report says “suspected militants”. Have you ever heard the media reporting otherwise? If there is sufficient intelligence that they were suspected militants then they should also come up with their names.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Poor innocent fellows. They simply gathhered there to make wellcome banners for their hero’s peace march.

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  • Menon
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:21PM

    @Abdullah:

    You are absolutely right. Bring them to court then the court can acquit them of all charges and release them as usual. Problem solved they are not militants because the courts said so and they can go killing.

    Like your impeccable logic to legitimize militants and terrorists. The only question remaining is; would rest of the world buy in?

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  • Karachities
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Shame on those who support these drone attacks. I wish these drone hits their homes too. then they will feel the pain.

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  • Karachities
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:25PM

    @Anti-mullah:
    How much you are a negative person. Allah give you hidayat.

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  • Tufan Agha
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:49PM

    They are a headace for every one. The best Taliban is dead Taliiban.

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  • Skintaj
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:15PM

    TTP—– a bunch of illiterate, Terrorists, frustrated, extremists, perturbed, mistaken, erroneous, misguided and coward people.
    They are the low of the lowest of the society hiding behind the name of ISLAM.
    Putting a bomb and killing innocent countrymen Muslims , women and children is what they can do best.How could they justify destroying their own country and its assets.
    What they CANNOT do is JIHAD against poverty, illiteracy and sufferings of human being.

    If they had ONE BRAIN CELL and Courage, they would come forward for democratic elections or a debate on the national TV ( if they could even speak! ).

    They themselves live like diseased RATS and think that everybody should do the same.
    I have heard few of their conversations intercepted by army posted on you tube and you can tell they do not have a BRAIN and none of them has ever gone to a SCHOOL.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:25PM

    @Abdullah:
    And would you like to enlighten as to many civilians have been killed in Militant attacks with eyes wide open compared to remotely controlled drones?
    People like you are the reason we are unable to finish off this menace once and for all.

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  • Anonymous
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:20PM

    During war with USSR, US created some Beast to Fight with Red beast. But compiled All data of those beast. And After the disintegration of USSR The US their killed all the beast one by one. And US has Experience of killing beasts. US need only ground support to pin point the beast and after The role backing of Taliban project these data will be provided by the people present on groundRecommend

  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Imagine Pakistani troops on ground and asking for drone strikes whenever wherever they face stiff resistance. With accurate intelligence provided by Pak troops and sympathetic tribals, there won’t be any collateral damage. And we can easily eradicate this menace from out land.
    Food for thought. Any takers?

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  • Cautious
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:46AM

    @Abdullah. The article you cite was written by a group that never visited the Wazirsitans – never interviewed anyone familiar with drone attacks (even by phone) – they just used computers to accumulate data and applied some questionable assumptions including – anyone who appeared to be 18 years or younger was deemed an innocent child and any female was automatically considered innocent — both dubious assumptions. There are likely thousands of militants who are 18 or under (or look about that age) and you don’t get a free pass if your a women providing food/shelter to violent criminals/militants. In short — if your in close proximity to violent bad guys you increase the likelihood of a violent death — that applies in every country.

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:11AM

    @Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad:
    Nobody wonders. Pakistan is the only country somehow confused about the people who do those things. By the way, those attacks happened before this drone strike. So even your deflecting wit failed you.

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  • Gen zia ul Haq ka bab
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:12AM

    @Karachities: Have the taliban hit your house yet? , why don’t you stop and think for a moment how those victims feel

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  • dalwala
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Don’t be too happy about this Drone attack guys, those 6 were the good Talibans …

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  • Mirza
    Aug 19, 2012 - 7:32AM

    Thanks for respecting the holy month of Ramazan. Now the Ramazan are over and happy Eid to all the terrorists from the drones. As soon as our army almost refused to take swift or joint action against the terrorists, the drones came into action.

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Much the best and excellent Eid gift from USA to its Pakistani corrupt,beggars and slaves leaders including military leadership after the issuance of CSF of $1.118m beggary……..

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  • Aug 19, 2012 - 3:17PM

    @socratese:
    Call the indian Military also , waziristani militancy has to be eliminated at any cost

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  • maz3tt
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:12PM

    6 millitants oh really!!!Recommend

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