Four killed in North Waziristan drone strike

Four missiles fired in the Datta Khel area of South Waziristan.

Iftikhar Firdous/afp January 23, 2012

PESHAWAR: Four people were killed in a drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Monday.

Four missiles were fired, one hit a vehicle and one hit a house, an official said. Four people were killed and one was injured in the strike.

Local sources said that there were women present in the house when the missiles were fired and confirmed that they remained safe.

There is no confirmation on the targets of the attacks as yet.

An earlier drone strike had killed a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda in the North Waziristan region. That strike had broken an undeclared eight-week hiatus in attacks by the armed, unmanned drones that patrol Pakistan’s tribal areas and are a key weapon in US President Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism strategy.

The CIA operates a covert drone programme which targets suspected militants in countries like Pakistan.

US officials have described drones as a very effective tool for eliminating high-value enemies in northwest Pakistan, where human intelligence is hard to come by because anyone who provides it risks the wrath of militants.


Shakky | 9 years ago | Reply

More power to the drones. They're making life safer for all of us by eliminating the murderous mullahs and their followers.

Aceleaf | 9 years ago | Reply

@JSM: nope.It is economical n safe.

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