US drone strike kills five in South Waziristan

By AFP
Published: April 17, 2013

Pakistan repeatedly denounces US drone strikes. PHOTO: FILE

MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles into a Taliban training camp in South Waziristan on Wednesday, destroying the compound and killing at least five suspected militants, local officials said.

The attack took place in the Baber Ghar area of the South Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, a stronghold of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud, where the faction runs several camps.

“The target was a base of the TTP. Five militants have been killed and two injured,” a local security official told AFP.

Another official in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, confirmed the attack and told AFP the drone targeted a base of TTP.

Pakistan repeatedly denounces US drone strikes, criticising them as a violation of sovereignty that inflame anti-Americanism despite leaked US diplomatic cables that showed leaders allegedly agreed to them in private.

UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights envoy Ben Emmerson, who visited Islamabad last month as part of an investigation into civilian casualties caused by drone strikes, said the US drone attacks violated Pakistan’s sovereignty.

According to Britain’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CIA drone attacks in Pakistan have killed up to 3,587 people since 2004, up to 884 of them civilians.

Reader Comments (8)

  • SNJ
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Good Shot!!

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:50PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

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  • imme
    Apr 17, 2013 - 2:21PM

    The precision of the target is highly commendable.

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  • Apr 17, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Emmerson was true in his stance based on impatial investigation.
    Pakistan was not consenting party in killing and violation of sovereignty
    of an independent state.
    I have gone through the Musharraf confessional statement and come to the conclusion that
    he issued them no permanant license to kill.Permission was granted on some particular occasion not for ever.

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  • tarik khan
    Apr 17, 2013 - 5:40PM

    come back soon fata civilian waiting for you as they are suffering a lot due to talibinzation

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  • Socratese
    Apr 17, 2013 - 6:18PM

    As per news report there are several terrorist training camps in Baber Ghar area of the South Waziristan,why they have hit only one camp?Please send more drones & destroy all the camps in the area.

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  • Apr 17, 2013 - 8:57PM

    A person,has been in the line of defence since long can not have bagain with any one on the country’s sovereignity.
    whatever he had done did indeed for national intersts

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  • Babablacksheep
    Apr 17, 2013 - 9:48PM

    well done plz carry out through the whole Pakistan

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