Deadliest attack: US drone strike kills 15 in North Waziristan

Published: June 5, 2012
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US drones regularly strike militant targets inside Pakistan, despite repeated protests by the government. PHOTO: FILE

US drones regularly strike militant targets inside Pakistan, despite repeated protests by the government. PHOTO: FILE

MIRAMSHAH: 

Four missiles fired from a US drone killed at least 15 people in Mir Ali town in North Waziristan Agency on Monday – the third drone strike in three days and the deadliest this year, intelligence officials said.

There has been a dramatic increase in drone strikes in Pakistan since a Nato summit in Chicago ended two weeks ago without a deal on the vital Nato supply lines.

Security officials said two missiles slammed into a compound in Esokhel village, east of Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. It brought the death toll from drone attacks in Pakistan in the past three days to 27.

A security official said there were confirmed reports that foreigners were among the dead. “I don’t know how many foreign militants were killed but we are sure that foreigners were among the dead,” he added.

According to a witness, the compound was razed to the ground and the bodies of victims were immediately buried after being pulled out from the rubble.

“I didn’t go near the house as I avoid going near locations where drone strikes take place,” the witness said, adding that in the debris, locals found letterheads of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), wooden beds, blankets and mattresses.

It was the third strike in consecutive three days in the region. Eight drone strikes have been reported in tribal regions since May 23, the same number as in the previous four months, and Monday’s was the deadliest since 18 TTP members were reported killed on November 16, 2011.

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has said that under President Barack Obama one drone strike has hit Pakistan on average every four days.

It said most of the 2,292 to 2,863 people reported to have died were low-ranking militants, but that only 126 fighters had been named.

It said it had credible reports of 385 to 775 civilians being killed, including 164 to 168 children. (With Additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Junaid
    Jun 5, 2012 - 10:25AM

    The US Drone attacks look fair from the way its being presented. Their is no doubt in the fact that TTP needs to be finished but as the article clearly states only 126 who were actual fighters have died and the rest are just collateral damage. This needs to stop right now as its not about one nation or certain people but most certainly about human race now! If the US Government doesn’t know how to operate its warfare without harming innocent people; then they should most certainly not operate at all.

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  • Jun 6, 2012 - 12:03AM

    Drones & Directed Energy Assaults are used for two purposes 1)mass murder 2) kill the will of man.
    Understand that the wholesale killing and torturing of people globally by the fbi/cia/pentagon, and their operatives is executed by any means available, including Drones, Directed Energy Weaponry, High Tech Chemical & Biological Assaults. The killers of this nation understand that mass murder is not enough to stop the adversaries; one must also break the will of man to defend his own country, his own life (& that of his family) and his own sanity. Total psychological surrender is required. Torture and the threat of torture is the new weaponry used by the United States Of America in order to once and for all control all mankind and all nations. The USA’s own combat veterans and patriots are also subject to the deadly assaults and torture. For more on torture see:

    http://www.boell.org/downloads/Lingisontorture.pdf

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/hightechassau.html

    Early on in the efforts by the fbi to prevent me from reporting their crimes, the fbi notified me that they will break me:
    See broken toothpick message at

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/updatejan5.html

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  • joeyd
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:33PM

    @geral:

    You talk about torture as being something that the U S Government is engaged in, well just ask the innocent 3000+ victoms of 911 what torture and colatteral damage is all about. When your lawless tribes in North Waziristan stop plotting against the US the Drones will be idled.

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