US drone strike targeting warlord kills 6 in North Waziristan

By AFP
Published: January 4, 2015
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Strike aims the stronghold of prominent warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur. PHOTO: EPA

Strike aims the stronghold of prominent warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur. PHOTO: EPA

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike targeting a Taliban-linked warlord killed at least six militants in Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan on Sunday morning, security officials said.

The strike was aimed the stronghold of prominent warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, as well as the nearby base of an Uzbek commander in North Waziristan, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts that border Afghanistan.

“A US drone fired two missiles which hit a compound and a vehicle in Alwara Mandi of North Waziristan… killing six terrorists,” a senior security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The area has been a hub for al Qaeda and Taliban militants since the early 2000s.

Another security official confirmed the strike and casualties.

The area is generally off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

Washington pressed Islamabad for years to wipe out militant sanctuaries in North Waziristan, which have been used to launch attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Army launched a major offensive in the area in June and says it has killed more than 1,700 militants so far, with 126 soldiers having lost their lives.

Bahadur, once seen as “pro-Pakistani”, is unhappy with the military offensive in North Waziristan. He is aligned with the Haqqani network, which is frequently accused of sending fighters and suicide bombers against US and NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The latest strikes came after Pakistan ramped up its anti-terror strategy in the wake of a December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar which killed 150 people, 134 of them children.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the establishment of military courts for terror-related cases in order to accelerate trials, and the premier has also lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 4, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Cockroaches are very hard to kill but please keep on trying.

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 4, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Pakistanies are thankful to great American nation doing right job elimination of terrorism and terrorist where pak Army cannot approach

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Jan 4, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty!

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  • Stranger
    Jan 4, 2015 - 8:38PM

    Good riddance.

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Jan 4, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Help from any quarters to eradicate the terrorist in Pakistan is appreciated, especially when the politician are incapable to protect the nation.

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  • Rahul
    Jan 4, 2015 - 11:56PM

    A month ago American drones were killing only innocent Pakistani citizens. A month ago Sartaz Aziz, Rehman Malik et al. were out after every drone strikes protesting the breach of Pakistani soverignity, A month ago Zaid Hamid, Hamid Gul et. al would be on the talk shows denouncing American hegemony. What happened Pakistan? How does humble pie taste!

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  • kapt slim
    Jan 5, 2015 - 12:56AM

    Good news is that reportedly Gul Bahadur is dead

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  • Proust
    Jan 5, 2015 - 1:57AM

    @Rahul:
    What’s your problem mate? Can’t stand your friends being decimated by drones?

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 5, 2015 - 2:33AM

    Wasn’t there a person named Imran Khan who considered himself to be a leader of a certain class and made drone attacks a bedrock of his cheesy politics. Wonder where he is at these days?

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  • Rahul
    Jan 5, 2015 - 5:38AM

    @Proust
    My friends are in the Drone control rooms. You friends are busy eating crow! Haven’t heard Imran Khan’s view on Drones for a few weeks.

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  • kulwant singh
    Jan 5, 2015 - 5:42AM

    @Proust: My dear brother eliminate them all even if they are our friends and I pray for early success of your Army had they been our friends they would not have attacked our Parliament and Bombay 26.11 . Stay blessed.

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  • Ok!
    Jan 5, 2015 - 6:08AM

    @Proust: Point on!
    @Adnan Siddiqi: You back in the game? He is pre-occupied with Karachi like all politicians as a main finding base!

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  • Agnostic
    Jan 5, 2015 - 7:19AM

    @Proust:
    The problem mate is the Pakistani Hypocrisy.

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  • WAH!
    Jan 5, 2015 - 10:05AM

    @kulwant singh: Bro! You are blessed with a very clear mind! Congratulations!

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 5, 2015 - 10:57AM

    @Ok!:

    Never left the game.

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  • Karachiite
    Jan 5, 2015 - 3:04PM

    @Nadeem:
    Terrorists? Who knows?

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  • Vishnu Reddyt
    Jan 5, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Quite a week when it comes to Pakistan being punished by other countries for transgressions. The week started with Iran delivering punishment. That was then followed by India. The week now ends with the US delivering punishment.
    When will Pakistan’s Civilians realize that they are being ill served by the belligerence of the Punjabi dominated Military of Pakistan?

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  • Stranger
    Jan 5, 2015 - 3:10PM

    The DRONE – the national bird of Pak.

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  • Karachiite
    Jan 5, 2015 - 3:47PM

    @Vishnu Reddyt:
    Thanks but no thanks.
    We are already going through many wars at the same time, including the sectarian war. So, do your own work rather than provoking the illiterates/racism lovers by using the word “Punjabi”.
    Yes, I agree that people from Punjab are more inclined towards joining army, thus they do. But lets not consider this aspect as well that Punjab is also the most populated province of Pakistan.
    Likewise, you may one day say that “Pathaans dominated Daily Waged Construction workers

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