Two drone strikes kill 12 in North Waziristan

Published: May 17, 2011
Two separate drone strikes kill seven militants.

Two separate drone strikes kill seven militants.


Two US drone strikes targeting a militant compound and a vehicle in the North Waziristan tribal agency killed at least a dozen militants on Monday, officials said.

The attacks came days after a warning from Parliament that Islamabad would withdraw transit facility for Nato supplies if the US did not stop missile strike in its tribal regions.

Monday’s attacks took place in Mir Ali town, some 40 kilometres east of Miramshah, a stronghold of Taliban militants and the main town in the North Waziristan tribal district.

Two US drones fired two missiles into a militant compound, and minutes later another drone fired two missiles at a vehicle close to the compound, officials said.

“The vehicle was completely burnt and the compound was also destroyed,” a security official in Miramshah said. A second security official in Peshawar confirmed both the drone strikes and the casualties.

It was not clear whether the drones were pursuing any “high-value target” but two intelligence officials in Miramshah said they had received reports from informers on the ground that those killed in the compound were all foreigners.

“We don’t know their exact identities but we were informed that there were foreigners inside that compound,” one intelligence official said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2011.

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  • Cautious
    May 16, 2011 - 10:44PM

    One has to ask 1) why you have a “lawless tribal district”? and 2) why you allow a “militant compound”? Both the World and Pakistan might be a safer place if you bring some law into the tribal districts and get rid of the militants. Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 17, 2011 - 8:11AM

    We are a lawless nation and that is why we nurture and protect the worst terrorists in the world. If someone tries to take them out of their safe houses/compounds we cry like babies. The honest question should be, would the Americans come to Abbottabad if OBL did not have a sanctuary there?

    We have full democratic rights and all the privacy in the US, however, if I am hiding a terrorist and continuously lying about it then the police would come and search my home and take him and me away. In fact if there were any dangers or armed guards at my home they would smoke us out or bomb us. This is the reason people here would not dare do such a thing. In Pakistani society it is “normal” and acceptable. Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 17, 2011 - 10:01AM

    And this is how USA value our Parliament Shame on our Parliament members. Recommend

  • Star
    May 17, 2011 - 10:17AM

    The Drone Attacks must continue until *EACH AND EVERY TERRORIST* is eliminated from the country. The Pakistan Army DARE NOT shoot down any drones. This is an open challenge to the Pakistan Army… SHOOT ONE DRONE and get ready for the worst blow-back in the history of your existence. Shame on an army that can’t defend it’s own troops against suicide attacks, and then boasts on taking on India and the U.S. Try and shoot down ONE drone.

    Hell Hath no Fury like America’s Scorn!Recommend

    May 17, 2011 - 11:31AM

    US has decided to carry-on regardless, totally ignoring Pakistan’s threats to retaliate. Something disastrous is in offing for Pakistan but it is too early to predict. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 17, 2011 - 12:46PM

    “Our “SOVEREIGN PARLIAMENT” passed a unanimous resolution on 13th. may 2011 including a clause that in case of drone attacks, Pakistan will block NATO supplies. Today there were two attacks on Pakistan soil and till now supplies have not been blocked. The resolution not worth more than a TOILET ROLL PAPER. Shame on you all the authorities, Civil, Military and the Parliamentarians.”Recommend

  • Umar
    May 17, 2011 - 1:45PM

    If our army and government are incompatible in establishing writ in tribal areas where hundreds of terrorists attack even pak army, then let US attack trhem and kill them; because it is serving the purpose.Recommend

  • Umar
    May 17, 2011 - 1:45PM

    If our army and government are incapable in establishing writ in tribal areas where hundreds of terrorists attack even pak army, then let US attack trhem and kill them; because it is serving the purpose.Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 17, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Dollar Politicians, Dollar Army, Dollar ISI… Dollar Pakistan. Once upon a time there was a a soverieng country named Pakistan. Shame on us who sold the sacrifices of our ancestors.Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 17, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Pakistan is incapable of controlling the tribal territories – why should your neighbors and allies allow your pride to stand in the way of their defending themselves? Recommend

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