Germany probes 2010 drone strike death in Pakistan

Investigation launched aims to find out if the use of drones is in line with international law.


Afp July 19, 2012

BERLIN: The German federal prosecutor's office has opened a probe into the 2010 death of a German national in a drone strike in a Pakistan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, a spokesman said Thursday.

He confirmed a report to be published Friday by Germany's Tageszeitung newspaper on the attack in North Waziristan on a purported hideout for foreign and homegrown militants linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda.

In a statement the prosecutor's office said the investigation launched on July 10 "aims to find out if the use of drones which led to the death of the German citizen is in line with international law".

The man, identified only as Buenyamin E., was killed on October 4, 2010, the office said.

Germany said at the time it was in contact with Pakistan over five German Islamists killed in a US drone attack in the lawless tribal belt.
Berlin is the third biggest contributor of troops to the 130,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force after the United States and Britain. It has 4,900 soldiers in Afghanistan but 500 are set to be withdrawn by 2013 before a complete pullout.

COMMENTS (2)

Ghaznavi | 8 years ago | Reply

The drone attacks are illegal, immoral and unethical. They are counter productive and fans more hatred pushing the survivors and relatives of the dead and injured into terrorist's camp. They should be stopped immediately.

Ibn Batoota ka Joota | 8 years ago | Reply

The German citizens killed in 2010 drone strike were Muslims but Germany still cares about them, sort of. Did you notice that?

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