Fresh drone strike in North Waziristan kills three people

Published: October 31, 2013
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The drone fired missiles at a target in Miranshah bazaar. PHOTO: FILE

The drone fired missiles at a target in Miranshah bazaar. PHOTO: FILE

MIRANSHAH: A drone fired missiles at a target in Miranshah, North Waziristan early on Thursday, killing at least three people, Express News reported.

The drone reportedly fired missiles at a room and vehicle in the Miranshah Bazaar that caused two large explosions and resulted in the deaths of three people, locals said.

The casualties are feared to rise.

This is the first strike in almost a month with the last drone attack being reported on September 30, 2013.

The attack comes almost a week after a rights groups Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch both released their reports on drone strikes and followed a report by UN Special Rapproteur on the same topic.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Senate was told by the defence ministry in a written statement that only 67 civilians had been killed in drone strikes since 2008, a figure in conflict with other numbers perviously released by the government and those cited by rights groups.

The submission said there had been 317 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2008, killing 2,160 militants and 67 civilians.

Pakistan regularly condemns the attacks as a violation of sovereignty and are counter productive. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif used his recent trip to Washington last week to press for their end.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Rajesh
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Well done US, pakistan feeling the heat when there pm just return back from US.Pakistan national bird always on the sky.US never trust pakistan whatsoever.

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  • ali
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Our shameless leaders and coward military is allowing these brazen attacks on our people. Time for a revolution.

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  • fz
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:57AM

    People are dying in Pakistan on daily basis and these rulers enjoying in their villas

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  • fz
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:58AM

    Begarat nation

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  • Jat
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Let us see if Imran and Khattak have the guts to stop NATO supplies.Recommend

  • fz
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:03AM

    Zardari says what happens if we shoot it down, he does not have a heart people are dying women, children, imagine child die in front of his parents or parents die in front of children, extreme pain one goes through it, nawaz you will be answerable to Allah on the day of judgement

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  • Syed
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:04AM

    Wow. After all the hue and cry we have made about the Drone strikes past few days, USA has really put us in our place by doing it again.

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  • TUNG
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:28AM

    thankyou america for doing our part of the job

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:42AM

    how much innocents were killed just in a minute in WTC???

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  • salman
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:43AM

    nawaz sharif has failed

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  • ModiFied
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:53AM

    Return Gift to Mian Sahab after his successful US visit. Hope Khatak Sahab will close the NATO routes from this morning.

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  • azmat khan
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:55AM

    Drone strikes are the only dread the Taliban are scared of.But what can the govt. do?To stop the strikes is not in their power.Taliban should not make it an issue.

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  • Butt
    Oct 31, 2013 - 2:05AM

    Drone a day keeps terrorists away.

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  • Zif
    Oct 31, 2013 - 2:07AM

    Here it comes again! Brace up for the backlash now.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 31, 2013 - 2:38AM

    Hope no innocent is killed..

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  • Aziz
    Oct 31, 2013 - 2:56AM

    Do you guys have guts to go to FATA and let us know the ground realities. Did any civilian died or all 3 were terrorist? Pakistan Defence Ministry is saying only 67 civilians died during last 2 years.

    I will what our PM has to say about it. who is also a Defence minister and Foreign minister.

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  • S
    Oct 31, 2013 - 3:37AM

    Imran needs to cut NATO supply lines

    And take charge

    This current PM is obviously to weak

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  • Go zardari go
    Oct 31, 2013 - 5:07AM

    @Rajesh:
    What goes around comes around.

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  • Fact;
    Oct 31, 2013 - 8:31AM

    Two possibilities:
    1. Pakistan secretly supporting drones strikes and they have agreement upon to certain time.
    2. The US understand game of Pakistani establishment and how coward is Pakistan.
    The two allies are enjoying the death of a Nation.

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  • hasan
    Oct 31, 2013 - 8:35AM

    slap on the face of beggars like us…

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  • Umer
    Oct 31, 2013 - 8:49AM

    Nawaz Sharif himself is the defence minister and his ministry is saying not many civilian are killed in these attacks. What can anyone do or say now.

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  • Jay
    Oct 31, 2013 - 9:04AM

    You have been paid and so no rights for you to complain.

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  • Zaida P
    Oct 31, 2013 - 9:08AM

    That’s it. PTI will stop NATO supplies from today !!

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  • Mona
    Oct 31, 2013 - 9:16AM

    Oh my god they strike again, this is terrible especially our pm just return back from US and telling us a successful visit.

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  • Sa
    Oct 31, 2013 - 9:18AM

    @ali:
    These are not our people – they are terrorist.

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  • KAY
    Oct 31, 2013 - 10:47AM

    Now frustrated, Pakistanis were claiming until yesterday that US has lost war in Afganistan.

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:08AM

    It’s a slap on our PM and on Pakistani nation.

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:10AM

    Imran Khan is the only person who can stop as PM of Pakistan these drone attacks.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Question remains : who provided intelligence this time and all the support needed to execute these precision attacks………………..

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Our PM trip was to increase rate against each drone attacks. After all, our ruling party needs money.

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  • Last Word
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:32AM

    Fresh drone strike has exposed the lie of the Pak foreign affairs official who stated after NS visit that a secret understanding had been reached with US that no drone attacks will be conducted for the next couple of months to facilitate peace talks with TTP and the same would be completely stopped after 2014.

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  • Nilanjan Banerjee
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:44AM

    Excellent news USA. Keep up the good work. Let drone attacks continue till the last of the terrorists are eliminated from Pakistan. We all welcome this and more power to USA!

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  • Turbo
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:42PM

    @Jat: grow up dude!

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 31, 2013 - 2:25PM

    now Imran Khan should keep his word ..he should stop NATO supply…as promised..

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  • Syed Zafar Hussain
    Oct 31, 2013 - 3:39PM

    imran khan had told ;;if drone strike occured,during nigotiation,,,,we will close the route of natto supply…………hope,Imran will do it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,let see what he is doing now?

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  • Oct 31, 2013 - 3:50PM

    PTI wll stop natto suply from today,,because Imran khan had told,that we will stop the natto supply n case of drone strike during nigotiation,,,,,,,,,,So imran khan should keep his word as promised.

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