Aerial violation: US drone kills four in North Waziristan

Published: December 26, 2013

File photo of a drone. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRAMSHAH: 

Four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired missiles at a compound in North Waziristan Agency in the late hours of Wednesday.

An official of the security forces from Miramshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, confirmed the incidents and said the US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Qutab Khel area, five kilometres east of Miramshah.

“The attack resulted in the death of four militants,” he said adding that victims were not locals and had a compound in the village of Qutab Khel.

According to a local tribesman, two huge explosions were heard in the outskirts of Miramshah after which tribesmen came out from their houses in panic. “We can still hear the sound of drones hovering in the sky,” he said, adding that the bodies were being pulled out of the compound.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 26th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Hari Om
    Dec 26, 2013 - 11:13AM

    I am completely perplexed as to why there is not a single recorded attempt by the Military of Pakistan to thwart any one of the some 340 plus US drone strikes spread over almost a decade, despite loudly voiced disapproval from three separate administrations?

    All this pusillanimous quiescence despite Pakistan being equipped with the requisite military hardware to thwart drone attacks such as the Spada 2000 SAM’s, RBS-70 Bolide MANPADS, ZDK-03 AWAC’s, Saab 2000 Erieye AEW’s, AN/TPS-77 Transportable radars, F-16 fighters, AAMRAAM and Sidewinder AAM’s.

    All this inactivity despite Pakistan being fully within her rights to shoot down any drone intruding into her own territory.

    What then explains this lack of any recorded attempt by Pakistan’s Military to thwart US drone strikes on Pakistan’s territory?

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