Drone strikes: 16 killed in successive attacks

Published: June 11, 2014
Drone fired two missiles at a house in Miranshah area of North Waziristan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Drone fired two missiles at a house in Miranshah area of North Waziristan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: At least 16 people have been reportedly killed in two separate drone strikes in North Waziristan within the last 24 hours.

According to details, at least six people were killed when a predator drone fired two missiles, targeting a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan, around 10 kilometres west of the main town of Miramshah in first attack late Wednesday night.

Six suspected militants were killed, four of whom were said to be of foreign descent. “Four of them were Uzbeks and two were Punjabi Taliban,” said an intelligence official in Miramshah.

Officials said militants had parked their pick-up truck against an outer wall of the compound. “Both compound and truck were completely destroyed. Local informers told us that both are still on fire,” the intelligence official said.

This is the first drone attack of 2014, with the last drone strike taking place in Pakistan on December 26, 2013, in which four people were killed.

Second drone attack
At least 10 people were killed and four others were injured in a second drone strike early on Thursday in Dande Darpa Khel village in North Waziristan, Express News reported.

According to Express News correspondent, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fired six missiles.

“Three US drones fired six missiles on militants who had gathered to dig the debris of a compound,” a local security official told AFP, adding missiles also hit two vehicles at the site.

Another security official confirmed the fresh US drone strike.

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Reader Comments (107)

  • shahid
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:05PM

    we welcome the resumption of drone attacks.


  • haroon
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:08PM

    Now I am convinced that these drone strikes are in connivance with the Pakistani establishment. A terrorist attack in Karachi does not justify giving another country the right to strike your country. Do you even consider the Tribal Areas as a part of your country or not?


  • Azi
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:11PM

    One cas say with confidence that these drones are doing a better job than our govt. Where are all the haters now?


  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:12PM

    After Karachi terrorist attack, many Pakistanis would probably say “Welcome Back”!


  • CC
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:12PM

    Stop the madness


  • Mullah
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:18PM

    Thank God y’all are back!


  • Salim
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:24PM

    It is about time. Under the prevailing conditions we need many more of these.


  • Iqbal
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:28PM

    Welcome back. We need more of these on daily basis. After the two attacks at Karachi airport I have completely lost faith in out security system.
    Let the Americans, India and Israel sort out the Frankenstein we have created. We have failed miserably and no wonder we are a failed state.


  • Sheba
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:30PM

    Whether some one agrees or not – drones always yield big name militants and bombardment by our army never has big names to it, just the numbers –


  • Ghulam
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:30PM

    We need more now.

    Thank you, USA.


  • zafar
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:42PM

    End of “MUZAKRAT ” , this cancer needs surgical treatment with removal of adjacent healthy tissue(supporting molvees) !


  • Aalia
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:42PM

    Thankyou US!


  • ModiFied
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:44PM

    Doesn’t it prove conclusively that the drone has been used with full backing of Pakistan ? I am sure many requests must have gone to US for this happen.


  • unbelievable
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:45PM

    Now that USA prisoner has been returned the USA is free to target the Haqqani – suspect Pakistan military might ask for help with the TTP as well.


  • yasir
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:50PM

    Now Taliban will taste something different :)


  • obsever
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:52PM

    Pakistan national bird one again in actionRecommend

  • good
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:59PM

    Go kill ’em mates!


  • Taimoor
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Again proven that this is American war and PMLN’s corrupt Govt doesn’t have the authority to either stop drones or solve terrorism issue.Recommend

  • gIRI
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Let us welcome “THE DEATH.”


    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:06PM

    Last drone attack was done on 25.12.2013 not on 26th December. five people were killed on that attack.


  • careful reader
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:06PM

    good work. time to eliminate these criminals.


  • Jibran
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:14PM

    Thank you USA for bringing some justice to the perpetrators of our victims, especially when our government and the army continues to sleep with these scums.


  • PTI_Supporter
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:19PM

    If Pakistan military and civilian leadership is not doing anything, at least let USA do something about these terrorists. The main TTP leadership was eliminated by US drones so they can also eliminate these Uzbeks. Thank you USA!


  • shah
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:20PM

    Welcome back ! Welcome back!


  • neil
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:22PM

    the national bird of Pakistan is back……cheers


  • Huma
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:26PM

    America never lets an opportunity go by to destabilize Pakistan. At this critical time after Khi attack, they are doing drone strike which only ad fuel to the fire. After 9/11 they knowingly brought in the northern alliance in Kabul to make Afghanistan a headache for Pakistan.Recommend

  • cmann
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:31PM

    If foreign mercenaries are difficult being expelled from Pakistan ,and keep on attacking Pakistani installations and citizens,drones are the best option to get them.And people of FATA should help authorities track and eliminate them once for all.Better accepting a little collateral damage,than seeing your children and neighbors on a daily basis ,and living under the fear of Ak-47,and religious fundamentalism(it is a shame to call them religious,as they are exactly the opposite of what Islam and other religions stand for)


  • just_someone
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:38PM

    Thank you USA for keeping us safe. Obviously, our own government cant do the job!


  • Beck
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:49PM

    Let drones and PAF take care of them.


  • Jamal
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:52PM

    “Ababeels” are in action…


  • Aamir
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:56PM

    We can say with confidence, we missed you!
    I hope PTI also learnt because Rustam Shah Mohmand recently stated that drones were better than PAF jet bombing. The casualties of PSF jet combings are in 70s where as with drones it is not even in double figures.


  • Sarmad
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:58PM

    I am from Karachi and support Operation in Waziristan…but doesnt support this drone attack in any way…


  • I
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:01PM

    4 militants, as if


  • salman
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:11PM

    Drones have better firing precision capability than our fighter planes especially in rough terrain and when you are very selective about your target. One should have no doubts that this attack is probably done with the approval of Pakistan Army to get the maximum required results. I am sure in 2 days time we gonna heard the news of some high level Taliban commander death because of this strike.


  • Khurram
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:28PM

    All the hail saviour of Pakistan Hazrat Drone Shareef (R.A)!


  • With held
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:36PM

    About 1 in 10 drone attacks can be called ‘successful’. Drones alienate the tribal brothers from us and also invite further attacks on national installations.


  • Indian Muslim
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:39PM

    National Bird of pakistan is back!


  • Logic Europe
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:40PM

    Yes other country have every right to attack you if you out their citizens at risk
    It is people like you who create diversions to take the blame off terrorists .
    Don’t forget India did attack you when attricities in Bangladesh were too much for the world to bear and don’t remember youguslavia Albania and many other countries where outside forces intervene to teach the goons their lesson


  • Parvez
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:43PM

    If they have killed the bad guys, then that’s good……..because this is the only language they understand.


  • A
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:02AM

    WELCOME BACK… Please please keep bombing them as our leaders seems unwilling to do so.


  • Farhan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:03AM

    So happy to see you come back. Please don’t go away this time. Eradicate the beasts from our land.


  • Arif
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:05AM

    WOW… You are the best :). Give them the treatment they deserve. Also please bomb on those who support terrorists.


  • Bukhari
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:08AM

    I think the third force successfully changed the mindset of Pakistani people towards strikes. The have no self respect for the integrity of their country. If US drone have to kill Talibans, then why there are government/Army/Security agencies in our country? We are infected.


  • Jan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:09AM

    Imran Khan please be mature now. don’t handshake with anti state elements. lets drone do his work accurately, please don’t disturb.


  • Raza
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:20AM

    Bravo, here comer our national bird…
    Good shot, keep killing these terrorists …


  • hammad
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:28AM

    I think Govt should openly announce and take help from Drones which will clearly mean that its not a challenge to the country’s sovereignty

    so what if you dont have this technology you can buy it temporarily to reduce the collateral damage

    its a known fact that drones will cause less innocents to die compared to jets

    but only problem is that its named to US if we own the drone attacks it should be fine


  • Jun 12, 2014 - 12:28AM

    Recent attack on karachi may be a step to resume drone attacks.


  • Pakistani Voice
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:36AM

    Good job drone…..at least it targets the single point…much less destruction than F16 bombardment….keep up the work…IK failed to deliver, he will always find excuses….first he said it was drone, now he will find something to blame on….avoid this mad person..


  • Ali S
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:47AM


    No, we don’t. The writ of govt doesn’t exist in FATA and its justice system is governed by its own set of archaic laws (the century-old Frontier Crimes Regulation). I know this sounds drastic, but I think Pakistan in general would be better off by separating itself from FATA and let them govern themselves as they wish – the only contribution those lawless mountains make to our society are refugees, smuggling, extremists, drugs and weapons.


  • Careful reader
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:53AM

    Dear people of Pakistan, you have only 2 choices: 1) eliminate these Taliban criminals by any means necessary and utilizing the support of any country necessary or 2) wait for them to come injure or kidnap or worse, you and your families in your own cities. The judiciary must not free any more captured criminals and the moratorium on death penalty must be lifted immediately.


  • zaid hamid
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:56AM

    Drones are violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.


  • A Khokar
    Jun 12, 2014 - 1:01AM

    Believably Pakistan has its own drone facilities and when Pak Army is also about to launch an full fledge operation…At this stage engaging of targets by US, if not done with the consent of Pak army; it is fearsome.


  • Ameer
    Jun 12, 2014 - 1:38AM

    And the madness continues


  • Claire
    Jun 12, 2014 - 2:03AM

    Now, we’re talking!!!


  • Nationalist
    Jun 12, 2014 - 3:51AM

    A Big Thank You. Please continue to make our land pure from terrorists.


  • water bottle
    Jun 12, 2014 - 3:54AM

    I get a feeling that this drone strike was from clear orders from the government of Pakistan.

    This was a targeted attack on Uzbek outfit.

    Good if Pakistan has finally understood who their enemy is.


  • TUNG
    Jun 12, 2014 - 4:00AM

    obliterate all these 10th century tribal cave men! its the drones and the americans who can do a better job at eliminating these monsters on our soil! the govt can well just make metro buses!
    thankyou USA


  • Waseem
    Jun 12, 2014 - 4:38AM

    Thank you, Drone!


  • Ih
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:16AM

    Big thank you to USA. Did, what our political leadership should have requested publically


  • Karachi 3
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:27AM

    Do more….

    eliminate terrorism in Pakistan


  • fappy
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:40AM

    as some one said “we still have some international flights”


  • Vasan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:57AM

    What does IK say now about drones. Will he block NATO trucks again?


  • Rana Ajeet
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:06AM

    its proved that only Pakistan Army is responsible for drone attacks, which are carried out only when pak Army requests to Americans for support


  • Al-Bakistan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:16AM

    Somebody put a tape on the mouths of the PTI cronies who will now tell us they were all innocent women and children.


  • Zaida P
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:18AM

    The last 6 months clearly showed that there is no connection between terrorism and drone attacks as suggest by the genius Mr.Imran Khan. If this drone attack had occurred last week the PTI would have told the world that it was because of the drone attack. What a leader !!


  • phonix
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:19AM

    foreign direct investment (FDI) of high quality. result will be a better pakistan.


  • Nazir
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:49AM

    Big Welcome


  • MJ
    Jun 12, 2014 - 6:55AM

    There hasn’t been any drone attacks since 2013, but had the attacks stopped? In fact, while the drones were coming, the TTP were feeling the heat and did the whole ‘negotiation’ dance. Now that they’ve had time to recuperate, they have started wreaking havoc once again. Good thing the drones started again. Clear indication that Pakistan asked USA to do so. And good of them!


  • zafar
    Jun 12, 2014 - 7:15AM

    agreed ,but this also not legal that any other country citizen(uzbek ,tajik,arab .chechen etc) reside in our country without any visa or documents in the name of tribal tradition (mahman nawazee)!


  • Sharjeel
    Jun 12, 2014 - 7:32AM

    I am surprised by the comments… and the number of likes they have received…

    Yes what happened in Karachi was awful! But these drone strikes are one of the reasons why terror spread in the country… Doing military operations and having these drones are not the answer!! What will you do if you come home one day from work and your house is in pieces with your wife and kids!! Or what would you do if your dad/brother/son/daughter went out to work/school and then never came back!! Will you be going to courts and asking for justice? The widow (Shumaila) of the man (Faheem) come into mind… She committed suicide cause she knew she would not get justice for the death of her husband by the murderer Raymond Davis…

    An incident happens in our city and well all shout out to do operations in Waziristan and say “Welcome back” to drone strikes… What would you do if it happened to your home?? Then we call them the terrorists and us the victims….

    What’s the solution? SINCERE dialogue! We started “talks” and “negotiations” but were they really sincere? If the government truly had sincere intentions they would have firstly strictly stopped the drone strikes, told USA to mind their own business and let them handle it, (as now the USA is trying to do peace talks in Afghanistan). If we are sincere with out talks and address the real issues faced by some of these groups we will be able to differentiate the victims of these operations from the real terrorists who are working for a foreign agenda…

    By resorting to violence, and dealing violence with violence… we are no different to those tribal people who we consider uncivilised terrorists


  • Naeem Khan Mahattan,Ks
    Jun 12, 2014 - 8:04AM

    @Logic Europe:
    Cool down chump, time has changed and if you think India would dare to attack Pakistan again, you are not realistic. Don’t forget when India was amassing it’s troops on Pakistani border after some terrorist attack, Pakistan has started assembling it’s nuclear assets because it is a matter of survival any more for Pakistanis. You should also know that when Indian government found out Pakistan’s intention, the scale down of troops started right away on Indian side. India violated international law by attacking Pakistan in East Pakistan and it will never ever happen again, MARK MY WORDS FOR IT. By the way we are tired you Indians coming to our news papers and then spewing venom at Pakistanis, it create lots of hatred toward you people, don’t you understand that. Stay with your papers or perhaps they don’t give you any chance to publish your comments or may be you people are on government payroll to do this nasty, hateful work.


  • kas1234567
    Jun 12, 2014 - 8:22AM

    Best news to come out of Pakistan in weeks!! More please!! And one on IK’s farmhouse for good measure!


  • Guddu
    Jun 12, 2014 - 9:13AM

    The only international flight coming to Pakistan these days is Drone….:)


  • Last Word
    Jun 12, 2014 - 9:26AM

    US had categorically stated on 05 Feb 2014 that it was stopping drone attacks on Pakistan’s request. It so appears that Pakistan after Karachi attacks, has given the green signal to US to resume drone attacks on foreign terrorists and rightly so, as aerial bombardment would have caused more collateral damage than killing militants.


  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Jun 12, 2014 - 9:50AM

    @haroon: Really!!! I do not have words to express my disgust on your comment. Why don’t you go & live with Talibans!


  • Haris
    Jun 12, 2014 - 9:56AM

    @Sharjeel….Please hold back your crap….your solution to problem is not effective…..I can’t believe some people are so dumb ……..


  • goldconsumer
    Jun 12, 2014 - 9:58AM

    @Logic Europe:
    But they forget Kashmir, right? India being the “big market”
    Money matters..Period!


  • CommonSense
    Jun 12, 2014 - 10:04AM

    Country men are more important than country rights!!!!! Country is just a piece of land, its people make it country.


  • Shazia Bangash
    Jun 12, 2014 - 10:06AM

    @just_someone: What? Next these people who are paid to write comments here will be writing: “Please bring in your ground troops too and relieve our horrible government of its nuclear weapons”?


  • Realist
    Jun 12, 2014 - 11:05AM


    Same to you.


  • Vikram
    Jun 12, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Such an irony Just few month back there were different responses towards the drone strikes in same comment section, Its good in a way that now my friends are learning from their mistakes


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 12, 2014 - 11:26AM

    Welcome drone. Keep it up .Well done


  • Stranger
    Jun 12, 2014 - 11:32AM

    THE DRONE – The national bird of Pak.


  • bajwa
    Jun 12, 2014 - 11:47AM

    I salute to the engineers who built these drones.


  • MissingLink
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:14PM

    @Shazia Bangash:
    That will happen too in the not-too-distant future. A nation without a strong economy has few options.


  • Qamber
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:32PM

    We should accept these drones by sad heart because unfortunately these drones attack are very important to eliminate those evil minded Talibans


  • Ajamal
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:36PM

    @haroon: “A terrorist attack in Karachi does not justify giving another country the right to strike your country.” Pakistan should take assistance from whomever available to fight its enemies. Thanks USA.


  • Retrospect
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:37PM

    I used to have reservations against the drones but now I am in support of them after what has happened in Karachi last week. It looks like our leadership is incapable of annihilating these barbarians, so at least the drones are a signal that there will be consequences for their actions. Of course, if they are sincerely calling for a cease fire, we must too.


  • JD
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:39PM

    Since the first drone attack people has been lauding the ‘American assistance’ to pak army. SInce then the situation has only worsened and will worsen further.

    Our army and government have never been sincere in genuine peace efforts and that is why the situation is what it is today.

    Dialogue is key to Peace.


  • Ajamal
    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:43PM

    Since 1947 FATA has enjoyed special status within Pakistan boundaries with criminals taking refuge there from crimes committed in Pakistan. Now time has come for the Pakistan to formally redraw its borders and declare FATA out of its boundaries. Border fencing should be done around FATA and check posts established. If any of agencies within FATA wishes to join Pakistan, it shall have to fully accept sovereignty and writ of the Government of Pakistan.
    Time has come.


    Jun 12, 2014 - 12:55PM

    i am so happy to hear drone strike again…i read all comments… people of Pakistan are happy. cheer up guys…


  • lol
    Jun 12, 2014 - 1:32PM

    I only want to visit Pakistan to take the pictures of their national bird, drone, in action.


  • Salman
    Jun 12, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Good riddance! thank you americans! the citizens of karachi welcome you with open arms.


  • muhammed
    Jun 12, 2014 - 2:31PM

    it is so easy to fool people like u . its unblvable.
    conduct an operation in the name of ttp.. and u start welcoming drone attacks.


  • mullah omar
    Jun 12, 2014 - 2:34PM

    i appeal to Imran Khan to do dharna in front of white houseRecommend

  • Rajan Singh
    Jun 12, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @Zafar…it was MUZAKRAT…it was MAZAKRAT….landed where it was well known beforehand.


  • Afnan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 3:42PM

    I opposed this madness. Only Pakistan has rights to do that !!! If tomorrow India starts the same thing will you allow them ???


  • Raza H
    Jun 12, 2014 - 3:52PM

    Back with a bang!!!!


  • Pir Roshan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:00PM

    Sorry Pakistan loving people, it is bad news, the target was coomander Haji Gul of Haqani network & Afghan Taliban. I hope you keep the same excitement as if it was Pakistani Taliban,


  • Zaid Hamid Lal Topi Wala.
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:13PM

    @Naeem Khan Mahattan,Ks:
    NK if you read all Indo-Pak war from independent source, It might surprise you that all those General of that time think exactly like you. They thought India will not react the way it react. And amazingly that thought process still in progress. Wow.
    Whole intelligentsia know that Pakistan can not use “N” against any country due to proximity & windfall of “N”. And I don’t think Pakistan has any capability to use it in any other sub-continent.
    Pakistan truly eaten grass to have this toy so they can puff their chest nothing else.


  • Taimoor
    Jun 12, 2014 - 5:29PM

    I hope all people praising drones on here must face the mayhem of drone strike.

    These people make me ashamed to be a Pakistani!


  • lionheart
    Jun 12, 2014 - 7:37PM

    @Naeem Khan Mahattan,Ks:

    Stop drawing silly conclusions that India started scaling down due to nuclear threat. India is not naive to go to battle without the full realization of it going nuclear. And thank your stars that India was matured enough or perhaps plain stupid wrong to let you off the hook after 26/11.

    The express tribune newspaper is in public domain, it is not a newspaper where only Pakistani nationals are allowed. Why is it that you don’t like Indian comments here? Is it because they destroy your world of illusions? If you cannot stand the heat then leave the kitchen.

    Spewing venom unfortunately is all we regular Indians can do to show our dislike towards your country and its people for breeding such a violent society. All this started after 26/11. And shall never end.


  • Jun 12, 2014 - 7:42PM

    @Iqbal: You are very right but Sir as long as God fathers are around with their home made prescription No: 1. like “Godfather” figure for Pakistan’s strategy of using jihadist proxies to exert influence in neighbouring countries, the 77-year-old retired general is still seen by some observers as offering a window into the mindset of the country’s powerful military establishment.”



  • Aziz
    Jun 12, 2014 - 8:56PM

    Never thought that I will so desperately Welcome this bird again after opposing it for last few years. When Pakistani establishment fails to deter TTP, Drone is the only option left.


  • Yopi :P
    Jun 13, 2014 - 9:22AM

    One strike a day keep the Taliban away.


  • Jun 13, 2014 - 5:04PM

    PTI should resume dharna darama against drone attack on his people.Recommend

  • AliAli
    Jun 13, 2014 - 7:39PM

    Drone attacks are carried out by Pakistan themselves. Evidence? After the airport attack.


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