Drone strike kills six in N Waziristan

Six missiles targeted a compound and a vehicle in Datta Khel.

Iftikhar Firdous October 31, 2011

PESHAWAR: Six people were killed, and two others injured, in a US drone strike in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Sunday.

According to initial reports, a drone fired more than six missiles, of which four were fired at a compound and two at a vehicle suspected of militant activity.

There has been a string of US drone strikes recently which have killed several high-ranking militants including the brother of a Pakistani Taliban commander along with five others in Azam Warsak, while six more militants were killed in another strike in Hishokhel village.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has drastically stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan but refuses to discuss them publicly.

Nearly 60 US drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan so far this year, dozens of them since US Navy SEALs killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

Relations between Pakistan and the United States deteriorated after that, and again over accusations that Pakistani intelligence was involved with the Haqqani network, blamed for a siege last month of the US embassy in Kabul.

Meanwhile, around 2,000 Pakistanis staged a demonstration outside parliament on Friday to demand an end to US drone strikes, claiming they kill more innocent civilians than extremist leaders.

(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st,  2011.

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Zohair Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Innocent people are being killed in the drone attacks but shame on our so called independent media that they always showed that militants were killed in the drone attacks. Our media should not call them militants or terrorists. Do our media have figures of these militants or innocent people killed in such attacks. Shame on us.

Numbersnumbers | 9 years ago | Reply

If you look back on the reporting of the past 30 or so drone strikes you will notice a few common threads: A "security official" sometimes releases the names of the "militants" killed in the strike, along with the general location and the target type (compound, house, vehicle, etc). These "security" types are either sources for the ISI?Army, or the Dark forces of the CIA/RAW/Mossad/KGB/Blackwater/PETA/SInnFein/FARC/RedBrigade/BurgerKing/KFC! So please, who do you think is really providing "targets" for Drones?

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