Two US drone strikes kill 6 militants in North Waziristan: Officials

Published: August 19, 2012
Officials say there were up to five drone flying in area at time of attack. PHOTO: FILE

Officials say there were up to five drone flying in area at time of attack. PHOTO: FILE

DI KHAN / MIRANSHAH: At least six militants were killed when US drones fired missiles twice on Sunday in North Waziristan Agency. 

In the first strike, four missiles were fired on two vehicles in the Mana Gurbaz area of district Shawal in North Waziristan Agency, while two missiles were fired in the second strike at the same site where militants were removing the wreckage of their destroyed vehicles.

An official of the security forces from the area told The Express Tribune that around 4:30am two drones hovering in the air fired missiles on two vehicles carrying militants. “They were coming from Mana Gurbaz to Miranshah when the drones took over them,” he said, adding that the vehicles were completely destroyed.

A local tribesman said that the militants killed in the strike were from the Hafiz Gul Bhadar Taliban group, an influential local Taliban commander in North Waziristan Agency.

The Shawal district borders with Afghanistan, an area covered with forests and high mountains, strategically and geographically an important place and constantly targeted by drones.

The first strike which targeted a compound had killed at least six militants in Shuwedar village in Shawal district on Saturday.

This is the second attack since Army chief General Parvez Kayani hinted at a military offensive in the same region but said it would not be initiated at the behest of any outside power.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • believer
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:44AM

    even in these holy days, USA is showing its real face- killing innocent Muslims


  • PR
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:52AM

    So sad.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:53AM

    hope they have taken out the mula umar and zahwiri


  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Wow what the impressive and much the best respect and honor of Pakistan’s sovereignty by USA whereas US’ leaders have claimed and given hypocritical,fallacious,false,embellished and fabricated statements various times on the different world’s platforms that USA respects and honors Pakistan’s and its aerial land borders’ sovereignty……
    And now at least Pakistan has to withstand against US’ brutal and cruel drones’ strikes and must convey this message to US’ official in these words that US’ shall have to stop now drones’ strikes on Pakistani tribal areas instead of saying that US’ has to stop drones’ strikes on Pakistani tribal areas because at least more than 2500 Pakistanis have been killed by US’ brutal and cruel drones’ strikes and would any one like to define honestly,sincerely and truly especially US’ officials that in more than 2500 Pakistanis how many Pakistanis were the terrorists??????


  • dalwala
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Why can’t we all get together and have peace and throw a dal party and live happily ever after? Why can’t we have peace? What is wrong with all of us?


  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Well Done! If State cannot stop these militants and their apologist sympathizers killing innocent Pakistanis…then Salute to Drone for doing great job for people of Pakistan.


    Aug 19, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Eid Mubarak from US !!


  • Vikas
    Aug 19, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Eid Gift from America !


  • Aug 19, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Thats the way to go!

    Kill all these terrorists…I salute Pmln and Mian nawaz sharif for his bold step of supporting these drone attacks!


  • tufan Agha
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:54PM

    This is the curse of God on these people. Right in Ramazan they attacked PAF base, killed people in Karachi, looted banks, lifted cars , motor cycles, sucide attacks ,kidnapped for ransom killed hawkers for their motor cycles/cycles and all the other crimes. The drones are a curse upon these cursed people.


  • Ahmed
    Aug 19, 2012 - 12:59PM

    at least before now the media had the decency to call the people killed “suspected militants”. But now every killed in a drone attack has to be a militant. Shame on deteriorating journalistic standards.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:02PM

    A visible sign of coordinated action in North Wazirastan.


  • Ahmed
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:11PM

    @ Adnan Siddiqi &True Voice of Pakistan . Where is your humanity? You don’t even know if the ones killed are actually militants or were just unlucky enough to be in a wrong place at a wrong time? In Afghanistan USA has apologized to Afghan government for bombing the civilians several times by mistake. They bombed our soldiers at Salala and plainly refused to apologize. What if your house is hit by a drone strike and the next day media runs a story of 4-5 militants getting killed. No single person should be allowed to act as a judge, jury and executioner. Please find some humanity in yourselves


  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:44PM

    “even in these holy days, USA is showing its real face- killing innocent Muslims”

    Which Holy Days , are you refering to ? Which Muslims are you refering to ?
    Hey, wake up ! These are the very same muslims that have virtually taken over the region and have not hesitated to attack your Air Force Base, or to blow up innocent people in the streets of your towns and cities !
    Its time that people acknowledge the facts and then consider jumping on ” MUslim Bandwagon ” Please don’t be so selective !


  • hush
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:24PM

    who verified those were militants… the media should be more responsible n not toe the line of U.S….
    even we hve to die one day, so truth should be covered.


  • Buttler
    Aug 19, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Irresponsible reporting…Who told you express tribune that they were millitants are you having bodies biopsy results or govt official declare this…I would say irresponsible reporting by Express Tribune…we are your readers be logical


  • Mirror
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Authors of ET need to write something about sovereignty for the people. These writers need to inform the readers what remedy exists for a country when its sovereignty is voilated and what is the penalty for agressor.


  • Vikram
    Aug 19, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Vikas: Pakistanis killed 24 Shia Muslims and 38 Muslims were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

    US should stop drone bombings. Some Pakistanis are mking millions from these drone bombings.

    In Pakistan one can buy a suicide bomber for about $100,000 for a private event. ISI knows most of the leaders of these organization who provide suicide bombers.

    US should pay ISI and let them take care of the terrorists in there on way.

    This war ia all about money. Pakistan government, talibans, Pakistan, every one is making money from this war.

    Pakistanis / Afghanis will not let leave Americans leave or they will ask billions of dollars in Zakat for loss of income from war on terrorism.


  • Sajjad Ali
    Aug 19, 2012 - 7:12PM

    What is important for us?? Militants or Pakistan?? If we are unable to contain militants on our homeland, than some one else has to do this job.. And they are rightly doing it. We talk about Islam and muslims.. but we forget the killing of innocent 19 people killed on babusar top near Naran on 27th Ramadan when they were traveling from Islamabad to Gligit to celebrate eid with their families. These 19 innocent people, who were muslims, were killed by muslims in the name of Islam, the religion of peace. Shame on us as a nation, sham on us as muslims. We have turned Pakistan into a hub of terrorist, extremists and fanatics.


  • Jeffmahagaonvi
    Aug 19, 2012 - 7:19PM

    In the war against Jehadi-terrorism, NATO can use any weapon to defeat the terrorist,
    who are also killing the innocent people of all ages in Pakistan & Afghanistan.Tit-for-tat.


  • Cautious
    Aug 19, 2012 - 7:26PM

    At least someone is attacking the Taliban after they attacked your air base — maybe you should be giving the American’s Kudos rather than all the blather about them attacking the poor innocent Taliban.


  • Aug 19, 2012 - 7:32PM

    For decades Pakistan has been an American ally,
    having known that drones creates counterproductive
    United States looks not ready to stop the attacks.
    There is something secret behind the scene.

    Pakistan Tereek Taliba is counterproductive,it come
    into existence after drones in the Waziristan ans other
    districts around.


  • Prasad Babu
    Aug 19, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Don’t ignore, don’t host and don’t train terrorists. And then demand sovereignty,


  • Aug 19, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Drones are being used as a tool,
    which has made divisions in attention,
    super power is moving toward its prime target.


  • Smj
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:12PM

    How come innocent people are not migrating from wazirstan if there are daily drone attacks? Seems like the drones are only targeting the terrorists who has no choice but being a rat and attack innocent Pakistanis in retaliation.


  • Aug 19, 2012 - 9:36PM

    After Waziristan,district shawal has been targeted by unmanned predator drones air crafts
    resulted in more than eight lives being said they were insurgents.

    Once again Pakistan protested on the act and described it opened violation of its sovereignty and international law.
    Pakistan,United States alliance against insurgency and terrorism has been entered into second decade.Pakistan offered countless sacrifices recognized by the American leadership and declared Pakistan a front line ally.

    On the question of drones,both the ally have different stances,United States want to continue and saying it is better than give up.
    On the other hand Pakistan have some very important reservation based on facts.According to the Pakistani leadership’s standpoint,drones strikes has become the base of counterproductive
    and automatically become sources of recruits.It is evident that both the countries has failed in controlling the insurgency in the region.

    Today, it can be seen Kunar,Noristan in Afghanistan ,Waziristan and Shawal in Pakistan are safe havens of terrorists.both the powerful countries are failed to bring their graff down because they are receiving recruits from all around.

    Pakistan’s reservations in this connection are acceptable,drones must be stopped without ant delay.United States should change of combating with insurgents.Pakistan is positive in taking a start joint operation against safe havens in both sides.


  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @Ahmed…..Please do not teach humanity here…..When more than 40,000 innocent Pakistanis are killed by these heinous actions by terrorists…

    Where is your humanity, when these terrorist killed 21 innocent passengers after checking their CNIC on the day of 27th Ramadan 2012…After killing they spout “ALLAH o AKBAR”…..I will slute drones against these people, who never agree to respect Humanity…There is punishment from God…..I 100% assure you that it is testified that the terrorist with the help of locals got training at Waziristan…..and they assigned to kill minorities in Pakistan, so they will destabilize the system…..

    Let me tell you more….My close kins involve in military operations in Waziristan, and they told, local people equally shelter these militants, despite requesting them to leave area and hand over militants…Now do not say its stupid part of culture to give hospitality….I also belongs to Tribal settings….If something is bad it should be condemned……In fact, locals cheer with militants if any soldier dies….WHAT HUMANITY ARE YOU REFERRING AT….

    BEFORE THIS CANCER BECOME TROUBLE FOR EVERYONES SURVIVAL….WE NEED TO NIB IN THE BUD….in a same time….I believe, its states responsibility to promote socio-economic activities and build a better political culture so each group of population should be in mainstream Pakistani political system….

    In fact, Pakistan should request, International community to help with surveillance system, so one can keep eye on their mobility……You must know that, it is the local people who identify the target and gathering of these militants, on their information every operation/ drone act is carried out……..


  • san
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:48PM

    That was small Eidi from Uncle Sam. God be with you.


  • Ijaz Mir
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Thank You America.Thanks America, Thanks America.. Our Government has no writ in Waziristan, These Taliban come and bomb our army installations and civilians on their free will . Our political leader ship is important. Thanks again for doing Pakistan army’s Job.


  • Enlightened
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:41PM

    What about TTP’s statement of killing Muslims during Ramzan and taking credit for the same. If Americans are being taunted with the comments of ‘Eid Mubarak’ for killing known terrorists but what dont they comment the same for these Muslims killing their own fellow countrymen who were totally innocent?


    Aug 22, 2012 - 7:26AM

    EID greetings from china! my brother. wish your country will be peaceful.


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