US drone strike kills three in North Waziristan: Officials

Published: September 22, 2012
The drone targeted a moving vehicle and fired two missiles. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The drone targeted a moving vehicle and fired two missiles. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a vehicle on Saturday killed at least three suspected militants in North Waziristan area near the Afghan border, security officials said.

The strike took place in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, known as a bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda. The drone targeted a moving vehicle and fired two missiles, they said.

“The identity of the militants was immediately unclear but this area is mostly occupied by members of the militant commander Gul Bahadur’s group,” a security official in Peshawar told AFP.

Another official on the ground in Miranshah said that the vehicle had been driving through a village 35 kilometers (around 20 miles) west of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal district.

“We have reports that two militants of Gul Bahadur group were also injured in the attack,” he told AFP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The security officials said that the vehicle was engulfed in flames after the attack and militants cordoned off the area, not allowing anybody to go closer, while they removed the bodies.

Earlier on September 1, Six suspected militants were killed in a drone strike targeting their compound and vehicle in Degan area of Datta Khel.

The drone fired four missiles at the militants’ compound and vehicle.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • A2Z
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:30AM



  • MAP
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:34AM



  • Fed Up Indian
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:42AM

    A drone a day keeps the terrorists away.


  • Vikas
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Only 3 terrorist killed. So sad!


  • vasan
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:21AM

    It is business as usual in the west.


  • Sep 22, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Multi million dollar drone with multi million dollar operations center with so many hi tech scientists kill only 3 people, where as a 600 dollars movie killed 30 people in a day in pakistan.
    I dont know but looks like american army isnt providing good return of investment.


  • Bill Maher
    Sep 22, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Not that I condone or oppose drone strikes, this should take some of the focus away from the silly video clip episode in Pakistan.


  • Cacha Cricket
    Sep 22, 2012 - 2:41PM

    @All Indians… What joy this drone strikes bring to you… What joy you get once an innocent people get killed by these strikes.. Taliban has nothing to do with India and once they return your attention towards you because they are currently busy with your masters, then you will know the real taste of drone strikes…


  • yaz
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:20PM

    It’s a good thing Imran Khan is going to these areas to see who actually is getting killed. This is the first time anyone has taken this initiative and he’s taking a battery of foreign journalists & NGOs with him. Anyone who wants to know first hand is welcome to come. But I can tell you that it’s not pretty picture over there. I have seen the victims, maimed children and disabled elderly. So anyone who can digest this cruelty is welcome to come. Then I’ll see how many are still gung ho about drone strikes.


  • Kapt Slim
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Dear USA
    Try thousand more drones but this nation will not wake up … I challenge you … We are least bothered if any innocent brother is get killed … Keep Trying …Recommend

  • daal main bahut kuch kala hai
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Ms Khar is in washington telling the Americans that Drones are Illegal
    No one seems to be listening to her.


  • Enlightened
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:18PM

    ‘Drones drones don’t go away, please come everyday’.


  • dilher darr
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:52PM

    We are not so worried about people getting killed. We are more concerned about our prophet’s honour.


  • 1984
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:30PM

    @Cacha Cricket:
    You call US as masters of India……Its laughable as your country has been receiving aid from its inception till now and was part of SEATO and CENTO treaties and you have allowed your country is use against war on terror……


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