Drone strike in North Waziristan kills 6

Published: July 28, 2013

A US drone fired two missiles from an unknown location. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

MIR ALI: A US drone strike in North Waziristan killed six people late on Sunday, Express News reported.

The drone fired two missiles near Shawal in Mir Ali Tehsil, killing six people. This was the fourth drone strike since Nawaz Sharif assumed office as Prime Minister.

Earlier this month, on July 3, a drone had fired missiles on a house located in the Miranshah Bazaar in North Waziristan killing 17. The July 3 drone attack is considered to be the biggest launched this year.

Another drone strike which took place on July 13 killed two people in Mir Ali Tehsil, North Waziristan.

The Pakistani government has maintained an anti-drone stance and has claimed that drone strikes in the country are illegal, violate sovereignty and are counter-productive as they claim civilian lives.

A 12-page summary report titled Details of Attacks by Nato Forces/Predators in FATA revealed that out of the total 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes between 2006 and 2009, 147 were civilians.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Socratese
    Jul 28, 2013 - 10:15PM

    While our leadership is content on calling APCs to discuss whether its our war or not,terrorists are on killing spree from Quetta to Parachinar. There is absolutely nothing in Pakistan to counter terrorists except drones,so drones must keep coming in numbers to decimate these terrorists.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 28, 2013 - 10:30PM

    Lets compare statistics for a moment!
    The reported casualties noted in the article are 746 killed of which 147 were civilians, leaving the balance of 599 killed identified as militants/Good-bad Taliban/terrorists!
    Now with the some 30,000 plus Pakistanis killed by the TTP types over the past decade, just how many TTP types were also killed by Pakistani forces during that period????

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  • Ali
    Jul 28, 2013 - 10:30PM

    militants has been killed not civilians.good keep it up.

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  • umar
    Jul 28, 2013 - 11:46PM

    Mr Drone is back. Run fanatic run. This is what you guys deserve.

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  • Faisal
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:52AM

    Thanks God, ET didn’t give its verdict that they all were terrorists.

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  • rome
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:05AM

    ali: why do you sound like Obama?. in their eyes if your are killed you are also a militant. Ali, wake up.

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Yeah, don’t worry, the Foreign Office will condemn it once again as usual. 5037th time maybe!
    All those who were killed were terrorist. We know because no journalist is allowed and the only information we get is through “agencies”, which are in favour of drones and actually in secret agreement with the states!

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  • 98
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:43AM

    You know….3 posts above just dont sound like “Pakistanis”

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  • Babablacksheep
    Jul 29, 2013 - 2:27AM

    love usa.at least some one fighting back against these animals-talibans

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  • LOK
    Jul 29, 2013 - 2:36AM

    Now IK has refused to take part in APC. Well done to politicians for sticking to their inactivity. Purana Pakistan and Naya KPK is more of the same.

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  • Realist
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:00AM

    @Socratese

    You are obviously delusional. While the efficacy and net effect (i.e. do drones create more terrorists than they kill?) of extrajudicial killings via drones can be debated (and given the very high/unacceptable number of civilian deaths that are casually brushed aside as “collateral damage,” the debate isn’t a long one), the fact that thousands of Pakistani troops have died fighting militants in FATA (and earlier in Swat) should tell you that drones are not the “only option.” One can be a big critic of the army’s policies – both past and present – in many spheres, but that shouldn’t make one blind to the sacrifices that many in the armed forces are making on a daily basis battling these barbarians in FATA and elsewhere.

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 3:25AM

    privately reported by the concerned quarters,predator drones strikes can be useful in regqard to the increasing insurgency in the country.
    It is not open,still hidden what is the policy behind,openly saying,drones are violation of the global law and sovereignity of the state.

    Pakistan’s armed forces is operating against the militants in the tribal areas bodering Afghanistan,hence CIA drones goes in favour of the ground situation,allies have same
    stance on war in terror.

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  • abc
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:16AM

    Awaiting FO statement for repeat telecast. Its really disgusting. Lets hope for IK to come forward and make clear stance.

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  • shahid
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:29AM

    There is no better way to hit Terrorists in their safe zone. Thank you America for doing what our government and army have not been able to do.

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  • Babloo
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:39AM

    Dronocracy.

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:19AM

    Pakistani newspapers report this as though it were happening in another country. If this happened in most countries there would be news reporters interviewing the police/military standing in front of the burning structure. Date, time, deaths, casualties and specific names would be available as well as analysis as to why etc. Despite the sovereignty rhetoric some would argue that N Waziristan might as well be another country.

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  • muttahida
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:25AM

    but many innocent people are killed in these drone attacks.US should stop these drones.

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  • Voice of FATA
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:42AM

    Thank you Mr. Drone for targeting Gul Bahadur, TTP leader and linked with AQ. Please get rid of them, our FATA suffers from them……

    Or use Daisey cuter once for all on these dense forest mountains…

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  • Abcd
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:02AM

    We should realise that this is a war and there will be civilian casualties like any other war. Drone strikes are better than artillery shelling or arial bombardment.

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  • Jai Sivaramakrishna
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:35AM

    ET has reported that on “Friday, US Ambassador Richard Olson met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to finalise the agenda for talks between Secretary Kerry and his Pakistani interlocutors. During the meeting the PML-N government has already made its expectations from Kerry’s visit very clear. The government intends to persuade the US into halting the CIA-led drone campaign in the country’s tribal areas”:

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/583351/at-the-11th-hour-kerrys-visit-postponed-over-security-concerns/

    The Government of Pakistan’s message regards the use drones in and over the territory of Pakistan has apparently not got through to the American’s if indeed the drone issue was even raised.

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  • Jai Sivaramakrishna
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:37AM

    ET has reported that on “Friday, US Ambassador Richard Olson met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to finalise the agenda for talks between Secretary Kerry and his Pakistani interlocutors. During the meeting the PML-N government has already made its expectations from Kerry’s visit very clear. The government intends to persuade the US into halting the CIA-led drone campaign in the country’s tribal areas”:

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/583351/at-the-11th-hour-kerrys-visit-postponed-over-security-concerns/

    The Government of Pakistan’s message regards the use drones in and over the territory of Pakistan has apparently not got through to the American’s if indeed the drone issue was even raised.

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  • Azubaijan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:57AM

    The people who are saying “Good Job America” . Liberal Fascist
    I hope they will say the same if one day their child is killed as a result of a collateral damage.

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  • Polpot
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:14AM

    Let us burn a thousand American Flags
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    per drone attack. Will surely teach the Americans a lesson.

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  • dalhater
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:36AM

    “Out of the total 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes between 2006 and 2009, 147 were civilians.”
    Let’s see the half full of the cup, 599 of them were Taliban. Aren’t you happy?

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  • Ibrahim
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:08AM

    Those supporting drones must study and observe the sovereignty,territorial integrity and national honor and must compare a drone like gadget entering into a sovereign European country and the consequent reaction! Can u imagine a drone hitting a European country? Its out of fantasy of those who r oblivious to the national pride! History has seen many mir jaffars and today we r not short in numbers!

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  • SGJ007
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:38AM

    @Socratese:
    Are you sure that the Drones are killing only terrorists ?

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  • csmann
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:48AM

    @Azubaijan:
    The chances of anybody’s child dying is more than 100 times greater from the indiscriminate killing of innocents by the terrorists than a drone, not that either of them is right.Moreover, terrorists deliberately target innocents,while drones specifically target terrorists.

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  • J
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:54AM

    @ Realist….. Absolutely agree…. How can you even support drone killing of our citizens. Who knows they are terrorist or not…We believe what media portrays us….
    We should get our facts right…. More civilians have died rather than terrorist and plz tell me since the drone situation in Pakistan has improved or worsened…… And even we know there are terrorist we should respond, any military attack or otherwise is the responsibility of Pakistani govt: not USA…..

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 29, 2013 - 10:12PM

    @Ibrahim:
    Wow, please point out which “European country” that has ceded a large part of their “sovereign” country to be used and ruled by heavily armed TTP/terrorist like groups that attack other countries????

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  • Shahid
    Jul 30, 2013 - 1:54AM

    @Ibrahim:
    Ibrahim, Do you have any concerns for the fourty thousands innocent killed by these terrorist in Pakistan.You mourn killing of innocent citizens killed as a collateral damage and may be around 150 in number but you have no sympathy for innocent people being killed by Taliban everyday. in fact you want Talibans to be left alone so that they can continue thier develish work.

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