Drone strike kills five suspected militants in North Waziristan

Published: December 20, 2014


DATTA KHEL: A US drone strike killed at least five suspected militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Saturday, security officials said, warning that the death toll was expected to rise.

“A US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Mada Khail neighbourhood of Datta Khel area in North Waziristan killing five militants. The death toll is expected to rise,” a senior security official requesting anonymity told AFP.

The incident was confirmed by local intelligence sources.

A previous drone strike took place on November 26 in which eight suspected militants were killed, according to security officials.

“The drone fired two missiles, killing at least eight people and injuring two others,” a security official in the area had told AFP via phone on condition of anonymity.

“There may be more dead bodies under the rubble,” he said.

Further, just a day before, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah had escaped a drone strike that had taken place near the Pak-Afghan border.

A senior security official from Fata, while talking to The Express Tribune, said it was confirmed that Fazlullah was present in the Nizyan area of the Ningarhar province of Afghanistan on the Durand Line.

He said the TTP leader escaped the drone strike. However, five others were killed in the strike reportedly near near the zero-line between Pakistan and Afghanistan.



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Reader Comments (8)

  • csmann
    Dec 20, 2014 - 2:28PM

    bravo!drones.Go after the animals,the killers of the innocent


  • raider
    Dec 20, 2014 - 2:47PM

    drone strikes are counterproductive and hatch venom of revenge in peoples died in collateral damage even not pertinent, according to wiki leeks even reports if CIA itself declared the drone strikes as damaging tool to disrupt terrorism due to irrelevance damage and eventually cause seed of hatred to grow which is manifested as to target the innocents of Pakistan,


  • Pakistani
    Dec 20, 2014 - 4:55PM

    Few days have passed but I am not sure when the wounds in our heart will heal. You think about the kids and have tears in your eyes. Kids are called angels. Koi angels to Bhi Marta hey. I am not sure about you guys but the anger and hurt that I feel after all these days is unbearable. The only solution is total destruction of these criminals.


  • unbelievable
    Dec 20, 2014 - 6:37PM

    @raider: Since Pakistan won’t allow American boots on the ground – drones are the only option they have available. Anti American attitude existed before the drones .. and would continue without the drones .. and no doubt the people who live in the area where drone attacks take place would prefer them to Pakistan artillery (the “go to” weapon of the Pakistan military).


  • SA
    Dec 20, 2014 - 6:54PM

    @Pakistani: so where were your tears when in collaboration with a criminal imperial power we have killed hundreds of thousands of our own people in Waziristan and Afghanistan…any thoughts


  • Iron hand
    Dec 20, 2014 - 8:02PM

    What a ridiculous fantasy world you live in! No.1, there is no truth to any of your statistics; No. 2, there would have been no war in Afghanistan if terrorists based in Afghanistan hadn’t plotted and carried out numerous attacks murdering thousands of innocent people all over the world. Your terrorist heroes are 100% responsible for all the death and destruction being visited upon Pakistan today.


  • Bull
    Dec 21, 2014 - 12:20AM

    Why is every one silent over drone attacks now. What is the people killed in the drone attacks were also innocent children. I feel spirit of inquiry no more exists here and that is the main cause of problem.Recommend

  • PTI Workers United
    Dec 21, 2014 - 1:46AM

    Drones must be stopped. Imran khan said so. and he does not make u turns on this


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