Drone strike kills seven in Waziristan

The attack came two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the United States must call off the drone campaign.


Nasruminallah June 07, 2013
“The drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound,” says a local administration official.

MIRAMSHAH:


In an apparent snub to a call from Pakistan’s new administration for an end to US drone strikes in tribal regions, an American remotely-piloted aircraft struck in the North Waiziristan tribal region on Friday.


Seven suspected militants were killed and three injured in the drone attack targeting a compound in Mangroti village, in the Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan, according to government officials.

The village is sited 50 kilometres west of Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, close to the Pak-Afghan border.

“The drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound,” a local administration official told The Express Tribune. “At least seven people were killed,” he added.

The attack came two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the United States must call off the drone campaign.

“We respect the sovereignty of others and they should respect our sovereignty and independence. This campaign must come to an end now,” he told the National Assembly in a policy speech after his election as leader of the house.

Islamabad has repeatedly called for an end to the highly controversial US drone campaign in the tribal regions which, it says, is damaging its counter-insurgency efforts. Washington, however, considers its unmanned war effective in taking out high-value targets.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2013.

COMMENTS (15)

numbersnumbers | 8 years ago | Reply @Sexton Blake: SO, the "other 98% (of those killed in drone strikes) were not causing serious problems for the US"! WOW, according to who? @Sexton Blake? Lets see, you must be "innocent" if you are not a militant/Taliban "Senior Commander", which is the 2% group the Stanford Law School paper IDENTIFIES IN THEIR ESTIMATE! So once again, how are TTP type militants (who have slaughtered more than 30,000 Pakistanis) based in the FATA region (carrying rocket propelled grenades, heavy machine guns, suicide vests, IEDs, AK-47s and such) somehow all INNOCENT when targeted by Drones!
Kala Pani | 8 years ago | Reply Do we have sovereignty over Wazistan?
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