Six killed in US drone strike in North Waziristan: Officials

Published: September 22, 2013
Three suspected terrorists wounded in the attack.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Three suspected terrorists wounded in the attack. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: At least six people were killed in a US drone strike on a suspected militant compound in North Waziristan on Sunday, officials said.

The attack took place in Shawal , about 55 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, along the Afghan border.

“US drones fired four missiles into a militant compound. At least six militants were killed and three others were wounded,” a security official told AFP.

A second security official confirmed the attack and death toll.

The officials said the identities of those killed were not yet clear.

US drone attacks are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, but Washington views them as a vital tool in the fight against Taliban and al Qaeda militants in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

The government has repeatedly protested against drone strikes as a violation of its sovereignty and there has been a recent decrease in their use.

During a visit to Islamabad at the start of August, US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that drone strikes targeting Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan could end “very soon” as the threat of militancy recedes.

According to an AFP tally there were 101 attacks in 2010, killing more than 670 people, compared to just 19 so far this year killing just over 100 people.

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  • paki
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Two attacks on same day blast at church and now drone


  • Noor.A
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:12PM

    Oops……my fault….I arranged the APC….NSRecommend

  • IK
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:15PM

    IK was right that these APC efforts will be useless if gov did not initiate talks with TTP on ceasefire. NS please leave your post…if you cannot handle the problems.Recommend

  • IK
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:15PM

    IK was right that these APC efforts will be useless if gov did not initiate talks with TTP on ceasefire. NS please leave your post…if you cannot handle the problems..Recommend

  • Irfan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Oh! My GOD! My Leader Imran Khan will be so depressed today with this terrible news. No No , not because terrorists killed 60 innocent Christians today, He is feeling so down because of this drone attack on our Taliban brothers. Could someone help our leader Imran Khan to change his mood .He is so sad., Help, please someone help him, Please.
    Where is Ayla Malik?


  • Ammar
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:34PM


    With Drones in the air and Taliban on the ground we the people of Pk are sandwiched b/w…:/

    Whoever strikes…we are the ones getting killed…


  • Ahsan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:34PM

    We need more drone attacks..Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Despite losses of Army Generals, Pakistan is (open-) secretly helping the jihadi militant aiming 2014 US withdrawl from Afganistan.

    US should increase drone strike in North Waziristan ‘5-star jihadi santuary’.


  • Aakashvaani
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:36PM

    God bless the US of A. Now please drop one on Hafiz Saeed…pls pls let the Christmas come early.


  • zayeph
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:46PM

    Drone and suicide bombs, both on the same day, can somebody clarify the times?


  • Sep 22, 2013 - 4:47PM

    drone drone come again
    drone drone kill the butchers
    drone drone eliminate beasts
    drone drone destroy sanctuaries
    drone drone give us freedom
    drone drone free us from terrorists.


  • mystriousforever
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Spy game is on to play with lives of people. There is no value of human life… yes animal has value… we can attack a country for 1000 people dead with chemical attack but no problem if 50,000 or millions innocent people killed with drones and spy game


  • bilal
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Taliban and US drones can you please do it outside Pakistan. tired of you guys


  • Asim Ali
    Sep 22, 2013 - 4:57PM

    My take on the matter:
    1. The media freedom was probably the worst thing to have happened in Pakistan especially with respect to news channels. They will simply not shut up and they can find no solution to the complex issues which has compounded the country. Their commentary, tweets and facebook pages are cheap publicity
    2. The army should rule this country for the next 25 years with technocrats. The country is riddled with incompetency and corruption. And the same lot gets to rule again.


  • MAK
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:00PM

    This and the blast at church in Peshawar will adversely affect the peace dialogue with the TTP.


  • Sep 22, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Great, now also target PTI leaders for supporting TTP terrorists who are killing innocent people in Peshawar and other areas of KP. Shame on PTI.


  • haroon
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Only 670 killed in 2010? That’s nothing. Kill more, maybe in thousands. Then we cry why is taliban fighting against us.


  • Murad Malik
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:22PM

    After todays attack in Peshwar, i say more power to the drones, KILL them all. I thank God that these drones have killed alot of TTP and AL-Qaeda terrorists, orelse God knows what they would have done to us. Keep going strong DRONES.


  • zabdesk
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:32PM

    The taaliban has already responded the drone attack in Peshawar.


  • Good News
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:35PM

    Thats is the only way to deal with these animals…KILL all of them!Recommend

  • Murad Malik
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:46PM

    YOU SURPRISE ME . what negotiations you wanna do with these people. They hate us drones or no drones. Americans or no Americans. they hate us and will keep hating us no matter what. How can you be so naive man?


  • zayeph
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Murad malik can you give me the figure how many talibans or qaeda members have been killed by drones? give me exact figures


  • Ali S
    Sep 22, 2013 - 5:58PM


    IK is an embarrassment to himself and everyone of his sheep followers


  • ahmed ali
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:07PM

    giving media freedom was the greatest mistake of Mushrraf….useless discussion are by Anchors ,even promoting hatred between different section of population…even promoting religious fanatic like Hafeez Saeed


  • Abid P. Khan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:56PM

    “Oh! My GOD! My Leader Imran Khan will be so depressed today with this terrible news. No No , not because terrorists killed 60 innocent Christians today, He is feeling so down because of this drone attack on our Taliban brothers. Could someone help our leader Imran Khan to change his mood .He is so sad., Help, please someone help him, Please.
    Where is Ayla Malik? “

    Our Peaceful Band of Brothers, are left with no other choice than blasting Schools, Churches, Imam Baras or whar have you. Ayla is with a plastic surgeon or getting help from some beauty technician. Old Faithful, Jagat Bhabi Jem, is busy comforting her new paramour.
    You are right, IK really needs some serious help.


  • mohmand
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:40PM

    welcome welcome Mr.drone.


  • Saleem
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:58PM

    We need drone attacks every day. God bless the USA.


  • Professor
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Don’t blame all terrorism on IK. His intentions are good but his lack of awareness of the situation on the ground is most disturbing.


  • csmann
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:13PM

    Logic of Taliban per IK: because the drones are killing us,let us kill our own citizens,let us destroy Pakistan.That would tell the drones!!!


  • bangash
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:23PM

    At least someone is acting against terrorists.


  • rome
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:28AM

    more drones and more enemies will be born, thats natural for everyone exept the people WHO sits safe and have everything they needed. If some drones attacked me ill sure that my close family and friends will take revenge when they grow up. these drones have done nothing good but only destruction of innocent families( sorry, dangerous militants someone will say).Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 23, 2013 - 5:38AM

    I wonder why the US does not consider bombing the lawless tribal areas around Chicago? Of course the lawless Chicago area may be next


  • Acha Bacha
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:53PM

    It a band wagon here…..everyone follows the other. The Drones are not a solution to end this bloodshed. When ever a little flying drone comes down and attacks the TTP villages. it kills the TTP but also the common people, their wives their kids. And when that kid grows up, he is taught that your parents were killed by amerian drone strike which Pakistan allowed. So he decides to take revenge and becomes a NEW TTP. Get it blind and deaf people.Recommend

  • csmann
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:11PM

    @Acha Bacha:
    Why don’t the children of 50,000 Pakistanis killed by these perverts become terrorists. Because these Pakistanis are civilized people. Uncivilized people will become terrorists ,no matter what. Get it apologists for murderers.


  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 24, 2013 - 3:30AM

    Although violent deaths are quite tragic we should really be looking at the statistics in a non-emotional way. Between 2003-2013, 49,506 people died from so called terrorist activity, which averages out at 4,950 per annum. Out of the 49,506 people, civilians accounted for 17,568, military 5,366, and insurgents 26,572. Thus, the average number of civilians who died between 2003-2013 works out at 1,757 per annum. By comparison the number of violent civilian deaths by homicide in America during 2010 alone were 16,000. I am not doing a putdown on America here. I am merely using comparative statistics to show that in large populations violence does occur in unfortunately large numbers. However, although America’s population is larger than Pakistan’s, 16,000 civilian deaths compared to 1,757 civilian deaths would indicate that Pakistan is not quite as violent as the fear mongers are indicating. Obviously, I have not included all forms of violent deaths in Pakistan, but never-the-less the above statistics do indicate that we should not rush in quoting statistics willy-nilly without analyzing them first of all.


  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 24, 2013 - 9:04AM

    @Sexton Blake:
    Last time I checked, we were not talking about America (or Venezuela, India, or Mars)!
    BTW, were do you get that “so-called terrorist activity” line?
    If not “terrorist activity”, then what EXACTLY would you call it?


  • Seexton Blake
    Sep 25, 2013 - 4:07AM

    @numbersnumbers: :Last time I checked we were not talking about America”.
    Dear numbers,
    The article above is about US drone strikes, so I thought the discussion included America. Therefore, the next time ET prints an article about America I will not mention it, and then everybody will be like you and will miss the entire point.

    However, getting back to reality it is reasonably obvious that you did not have an answer to the fact that out of the 50,000 deaths from terrorism, which are commonly touted, many more than half of them were insurgents, whoever they were, so as usual you tried to debunk it with trivia. Unfortunately, people such as you submit inaccurate data, which does not comply with the facts, but fits the simplistic picture of the world which a few people have. Interestingly, I have noticed that you invariably criticize, but rarely contribute. I would like to know who is pressing your buttons. In regard to terrorism identity, ET choose not to print my reply so you have a modified version.


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