Drone strike kills 2 in South Waziristan

Published: November 29, 2012

Drone attack in the Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

DI KHAN: An unmanned US drone strike killed two militants in the Lawa Kanda area of South Waziristan on Thursday, a security official told The Express Tribune.

The attack took place in the Shin Warsak village of Birmal tehsil located about 20km west of Wana.

The security official said that the drone targeted a vehicle killing one person instantly and wounding another – who later succumbed to his injuries. The vehicle was also completely damaged.

A local resident, who was close to the targeted area, told The Express Tribune that he heard a blast which was followed by dust. He also saw two drones flying over the area at the time of the attack.

An AFP report, however, claims that there were no casualties in the drone attack.

“Two or three militants were walking in a cultivated field. A US drone fired two missiles but no one was hurt,” a security official based in Peshawar told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A second security official in South Waziristan confirmed the drone strike and told AFP that “so far” there was no report of any damage.

There were at least three drone attacks in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan in October. On October 11, 18 insurgents, most reportedly Afghans, were killed in a drone strike in the nearby tribal region of Orakzai in the deadliest attack in more than a year.

On October 24, a US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in Miranshah, killing three people, security officials had said. Locals had said three cows, apparently meant for sacrifice on Eidul Azha, were also killed in the attack.

Covert US attacks are unpopular in Pakistan. The government slams them as a violation of sovereignty, but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against militants.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Super Star
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Tsk Tsk the poor cows! Their plight should be raised in the UN

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  • Saleem
    Nov 29, 2012 - 7:45PM

    After the good news of taliban commander getting injured, more good news. These terrorists need to be eliminated.Recommend

  • Pessimist
    Nov 29, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Left: The people killed are terrorists.
    Right: The people killed are innocent.

    What is truely happening? Both sides will quote numerous reports and interviews. Hmmm…….

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  • Cautious
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:06PM

    So one security person says that two militants were killed and another says that nobody was injured. Given the record of drone attacks I think I believe the first security person.

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  • rk ny
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Didnt the hina lady just say that relations with US could’nt be better..??

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  • FJ
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:56PM

    So far drone attacks are the sole way of getting some terrorists (taliban) killed who are responsible for killing o many innocent shias in Pakistan. Tell me if these terrorists are being killed in any other way than these drones?

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  • AS
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:58PM

    PML N is responsible for these drone attack
    from PTIRecommend

  • gp65
    Nov 30, 2012 - 4:24AM

    The fact that just yeresteday your minister talked about relationship with US coming to normal means that the drones do have tacit approval of your government. http://tribune.com.pk/story/472225/us-pakistan-ties-fully-repaired-khar/

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