Four killed in fresh North Waziristan drone attack

Local have started rescue work, though they report that drones are still circling above.

Nasruminallah /web Desk December 25, 2013
Armed drone fired missile at targets. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: An unmanned aerial combat vehicle (UCAV) fired two missiles at a compound near Miranshah in North Waziristan early on Thursday, killing at least four suspected militants, Express News reported.

The drones targeted a compound near Qutab Khel. Though the dead bodies could not be immediately identified.

An official of the security forces from  Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, confirmed the strike and said that the US drone  fired two missiles at a compound in Qutab Khel area, around five kilometers east of Miranshah.

According to a local tribesman, two loud explosions were heard on the outskirts of Miranshah. The strike created panic among locals.

“We can still hear the sound of drones hovering in the sky” he said, adding that rescue work of pulling out the bodies had started.

This is the first drone strike in Pakistani territory in almost three weeks.

Earlier in December, an anti-drone resolution had been adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

UN General Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution against the use of armed drones in foreign territories in what Pakistan claimed to be a ‘moral victory’ for the country.

The 193-member body adopted a resolution on Thursday urging the United States to comply with international laws for its use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking out ‘high value targets’ in countries. This was the first time that the issue of drones was raised in a UN resolution.


Last Word | 7 years ago | Reply

After UN resolution on drone attacks my comment in which I had predicted that US would ignore this resolution as in the case of Israel and attacks will continue was blocked by the ET moderators. Such attacks will increase in the coming months as US prepares to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

Sri Varahadev | 7 years ago | Reply

The “Big Question” with regard to US drone strikes is why Pakistan’s civilians and in particular the media, are not demanding an explanation from Pakistan’s Military as to why they have exercised no physical military means to secure Pakistan’s borders from intruding US drones.

Serving diplomatic demarches, passing assembly resolutions, blockading US convoys, delivering rabble rousing speeches and whining to US officials is at best meaningless wasted effort until and unless physical means to prevent US drone attacks are carried out by Pakistan’s military.

Surely this civilian silence is not born out of mortal fear of the Military despite the fact that Pakistan is not currently a Military Dictatorship?

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