US drone strike kills 6 in North Waziristan

Published: May 24, 2012
The pilotless drone aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in a village in North Waziristan.

The pilotless drone aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in a village in North Waziristan.

MIRANSHAH: Six militants including four Uzbek fighters were killed in twin drone strikes in the Esokhel area of Mir Ali, sub-division North Waziristan Agency in the early hours of Thursday, a security official said.

According to the official, one house and one mosque near the Esokhel graveyard were hit with two missiles around 5:30am, killing six militants and partially damaging the mosque in the attack.

An eye witness told The Express Tribune that the impact of the strikes razed the mud house in which militants were residing to the ground.

Soon after the strike, local militants surrounded the house and shifted the bodies to an undisclosed location, said the witness.

This was the second attack after the Chicago summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Four militants were killed in a similar drone strike in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency a day earlier.

Earlier, Reuters reports stated that 10 militants were killed.

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  • Imran Con
    May 24, 2012 - 8:59AM

    Yes. They were all militants. I have evidence on my blackberry but I lost it.


  • Mirza
    May 24, 2012 - 9:00AM

    So here is the extortion money for our establishment! How stupid could we get by trying to extort more and more money from the biggest power in the world? The US is doing Pakistani civilians the biggest favor by eliminating the worst terrorists among us. If the US were killing Pakistanis they would be attacking our population centers not on individual homes.


  • Arindom
    May 24, 2012 - 9:14AM

    Good Shot!


  • bangash
    May 24, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Superb !!!


  • Boomrang Karma
    May 24, 2012 - 9:30AM

    A Drone A Day Keeps Terrorist Away


  • Californian
    May 24, 2012 - 9:35AM

    It is just as expected. The fireworks have begun. Sit back and enjoy roasted taliban.


  • John B
    May 24, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Well, the message is clear. N. Waziristan operation is more important than NATO supply route. What is also conveyed to PAK is that PAK has nothing to negotiate with, except the threat of mayhem in Afghanistan.


  • daniyal
    May 24, 2012 - 9:44AM

    allah bless the drones.why only 10?Recommend

  • Paindoo
    May 24, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Dictionaries should be updated all over the world as “suspected” =Proven now.

    I was checking online but lazy people haven’t changed the meanings of the “suspected” yet.


  • ayesha_khan
    May 24, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Clearly, if Pakistan does not backdown, US is not showing any signs of backing down either. The drone attacks which had been put on hold during parliament deliberations have started back slowly ramping up to their earlier frequency.


  • hisar
    May 24, 2012 - 10:22AM

    good riddance..


  • ayesha_khan
    May 24, 2012 - 10:24AM

    “The United States has been urging Pakistan to mount an offensive in North Waziristan to pursue members of the Haqqani militant network, one of Washington’s most feared foes in neighbouring Afghanistan.
    That looks more unlikely than ever, as a result of a crisis in relations between Washington and Islamabad over a range of issues.”

    A couple of observations:

    The US hates Haqqanis doe snot FEAR them.
    IT is not as though Pakistan was willing to take action against Haqqanis when things were hunky dory. Pakistan NEVER took action against Haqqanis even during the cosy Bush days. It is only an issue now because Obama administration is demanding accountability for Pak’s claim as an ally in Global War on terror.

  • Nasir
    May 24, 2012 - 10:28AM

    I seems NATO supply line nears to open…


  • Adeel759
    May 24, 2012 - 10:39AM

    This is an answer to Dr Afridi’s sentence.


  • Salman
    May 24, 2012 - 10:40AM

    Just couple of weeks back, 12 Pakistani soldiers were beheaded in Miranshah by the militants and now these drone strikes. Who says that US-Pak are not cooperating anymore.


  • Polpot
    May 24, 2012 - 10:46AM

    During his ( very very successful) Chicago visit Pres Zardari sought a permanent solution to the Drone Issue.

    I think the Americans have responded to Pres Zardari.


  • RKM
    May 24, 2012 - 10:53AM

    All hail the drones.


  • bilal
    May 24, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Thank are allowed to drone all over pakistan.


  • Uzma
    May 24, 2012 - 10:59AM

    why is it that NONE of these reports ever delineate the number of civilians, if any, were killed in these strikes. it just says ten dead and that the strike was done where militant presence were suspected. who actually died among those ten? do we have a right to know?


  • Jat
    May 24, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Counter counter response by the US. Now it is Pakistan’s move. Let us see who runs out of ammo first.


  • Hasan Turi
    May 24, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Looks like someone is very very angry. Drone not accomplishing anything at all, but NATO are biggest losers.

    Keep yapping about NATO supplies, what will happen when air space is closed?

    PTI !!


    May 24, 2012 - 11:53AM

    The best scenario for Pakistan is to negotiate transit fee for each drone. Pakistan gets what it wants and so do USA.


  • Nasir
    May 24, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Thank you Uncle Sam for doing the job our own govt is to scared to do. Please extend drone dtrikes to inner cities where known terrorists are living in gull knowledge of the govt


  • Anonss
    May 24, 2012 - 12:02PM

    .Afridi is sentenced to jail after first drone attack, then there is another drone attack- so Pakistan is going to do something else tomorrow. If it is a pattern. What else can US do now except this? It gets redundant and useless.


  • Khosrow
    May 24, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Look it. They are pushing army to the edge of no return. Testing a patience that is running out. The army cant stand still because they keep losing respect of the people if they do.


  • Asad
    May 24, 2012 - 12:34PM

    NATO is going to start the a new business of home moving which will cost 250 USD to move your home stuff to any location.


  • Asad
    May 24, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Uzbeks and Tajiks are constantly infiltrating pakistan territory while NATO is using these countries for their supply not only they are supporting dictatorship these countries but also not taking any action against these terrorist generating countries.


  • Ch. Usman Ali
    May 24, 2012 - 12:43PM

    Thanks US for doing our dirty job.


  • Muhammad
    May 24, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Well done drones, we r with u.


  • Concerned
    May 24, 2012 - 1:02PM

    US should give adequate compensation to Pakistan for the loss of these strategic assets along with charges of violation of its air-space. Country-wise evaluation of assets along air-space violation charges per drone visit should be fixed and agreement be signed between the two countries as done in the case of containers levy to Afganistan.


  • rafiq
    May 24, 2012 - 1:24PM

    supply of decent rocket launcher to the tribals will solve the problem for tribles immediatlly and would creat more pain for nato…………


  • rafiq
    May 24, 2012 - 1:45PM

    sit back on the cost of american tax payer’s biilion and the result nato running away in a year or two and yes then relax………


  • Zalim singh
    May 24, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Drones ar Pak’s best friends.


  • DB
    May 24, 2012 - 2:14PM

    And how many Pakistanis will die as a result of revenge attacks by tribals? For the rich elite of our country selling the nation away, it obviously does not matter.


  • Sakina Kavi
    May 24, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Im surprised to read the above comments… How can making drone attacks and killing people be equal to countering terrorism? :o


  • malik hamza
    May 24, 2012 - 4:53PM

    you people need to use ur brain cells and think outside the box.


  • Babloo
    May 24, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Well the NATO supply routes have already being closed but drones are still flying.
    What now ? Dig up the NATO supply routes ?


  • tariq khan
    May 24, 2012 - 7:57PM

    some people are shouting against these drones which violate our sovereignty but what these Uzbek, Tajikistan Arabs, Chechen and afghan’s are doing there.These Uzbek’s and Arabs etc are violating our sovereignty more than the drones so all Pakistani must stand against them. If they want jihad than they first start it in their own countries like Arab countries Chechnya Uzbekistan Tajikistan etc why they are sitting here in waziristan and occupying our culture and land and killing our security forces and civilians


  • r.t. tavi
    May 24, 2012 - 8:14PM

    i cant believe the trolls on this site; no normal people would be elated about the US intentionally trying to ignite war with pakistan by way of drone bombings. the US knows it is a slap in the face to Pakistan to continue doing this and will never back down or aplologize for what they call justified actions under the “laws of war”. in the US they say that the 9/11 attacks, which the government loved, were the main driving force behind their “war on terror”. it is ironic therefore that they claim to be fighting terrorists by also bombing countless innocent civilians. killing in this way will only raise resentment and hatred, which is what they want. not to mention that this standoff can only last so long with neither side relenting, and how is it that being so wrong americans and trolls alike feel so righteous?


  • Imran Con
    May 25, 2012 - 4:06AM

    @malik hamza:
    It appears Pakistanis such as you have setup camp inside the dark little box.


  • Imran Con
    May 25, 2012 - 4:08AM

    @r.t. tavi:
    Show me an innocent person within 10 feet of your militants and I’ll convert.


  • rk
    May 25, 2012 - 4:34AM

    @Hasan Turi:
    so try closing the paki air space…try it…instead of just yapping…see if US cares…..


  • r.t. tavi
    May 27, 2012 - 12:47AM

    they’re not MY MILITANTS imran the troll. im sure you are an american and know full well the implications of what the US government is doing to further aggravate relations with pakistan. the only argument you can muster is that there are no innocents being killed? this is a FACT admitted by all, and while the US maintains that these are acceptable casualties of their “war on terror”, it is part of why pakistan is not cool with the US bombing willy nilly within the borders of their country. you say a lot imran, but nothing worth listening to.


  • malik
    May 27, 2012 - 10:53AM

    US is launching their expensive drones just to kill some innocent goat-herding tribals… why should they do it ?


  • r.t. tavi
    May 27, 2012 - 6:54PM

    i wasn’t there so I can’t say who exactly they kill each time (“innocent” or not), but i will say this: the US is capable of such greater warfare than these drones. they have technology and trained soldiers that could easily nix their enemies: especially if they’re hiding amongst goat herders. so why do it this way is a good question, especially when they increase in frequency following pressure on the Pakistan government to reopen routes to Afghanistan.


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