Three militants, three cows killed in US drone strike in N Waziristan

Three cows apparently meant for sacrifice on Eid were also killed in attack.

Afp October 24, 2012

MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three people, security officials said.

Locals said three cows, apparently meant for sacrifice on the Muslim festival of Eidul Adha being celebrated in the tribal region on Friday, were also killed in the attack.

One missile hit a house in the Tappi area about 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district which is a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

The other hit a vehicle parked outside, they said.

One security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar said the target was a militant compound and those killed were insurgents.

"It was a militant compound being used to store arms and ammunition," he said, requesting anonymity.

"Three militants were killed. The casualties were not high because there not many militants inside."

According to CNN, a woman was also among the killed, while three children were injured in the drone attack.

A government official said that militants lived in the compound but so did civilians.

Wednesday's strike was the third by unmanned US aircraft in the Miranshah area this month. On October 11, 18 insurgents, most reportedly Afghans, were killed in a drone strike in the nearby tribal region of Orakzai in the deadliest attack in more than a year.

The covert US attacks are unpopular in Pakistan, where the government slams them as a violation of sovereignty, but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against militants.

Earlier this month, cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan led thousands of supporters in a motorcade from the capital Islamabad to the edge of the tribal belt to protest against the US strikes.


Hassaan | 8 years ago | Reply

@Ali Syed: You have HIT the nail. Never thought that people would make fun of dead bodies as the comments suggested.

Indian | 8 years ago | Reply

@Chrome: your own security official accepted that this place was used as storage for weapons.. these people have killed 40+k civilians and still people are asking proofs.. Either you clean it up or someone else will.. Also your courts have acquitted 90% of terrorists because of lack of proof.

If you are fine with your justice system then don't crib about anti-social elements in your society.

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