North Waziristan: Drone strike kills 18 ‘militants’

Drone strike in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan kills over 20 people.


Manzoor Ali December 28, 2010

PESHAWAR:


At least 18 militants were killed and five more injured in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency on Monday.

A unmanned US aircraft targeted two pickup vehicles belonging to the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the Sheratala area of Spinwam Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency, sources told The Express Tribune by phone from the area.

“At least six missiles were fired on two vehicles, destroying them completely,” sources said. They said the area where the attack took place is situated some 15 kilometres north of Mir Ali subdivision. Both the vehicles were going to the Tull area from Mir Ali.

Identities of the dead militants could not be confirmed as the bodies were charred beyond recognition in the fire that engulfed the two vehicles following the attack. However, sources said that the militants belonged to the TTP.

Earlier this year UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston in a report submitted to the Human Rights Council said that drone attacks pose a rapidly growing challenge to the international law.

Separately, two Nato helicopters violated Pakistan’s airspace at Torkham border crossing into Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency on Monday. Sources said the two helicopters flew inside Pakistan’s airspace at Torkham and Bacha Meena areas for around five minutes.

A military official in Peshawar called it a “technical incursion.” However, a statement issued by the US embassy in Islamabad denied any airspace violation. “US Embassy officials confirmed with Nato commanders in Kabul that no Nato helicopters crossed the border into Pakistan,” the statement said. It added that all coalition and US air operations in Afghanistan conducted along the Pak-Afghan border region are closely coordinated with Pakistan’s Air Force (PAF). “We refer all questions concerning the integrity of Pakistani airspace to the PAF,” it added.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2010.

COMMENTS (10)

J.Oberoi | 10 years ago | Reply "Just imagine the little children playing and these merciless Americans firing missiles at them...". I am sorry @Nazir Habib but nothing is farther from the truth. Training camps and terrorist hideouts are the ones that are targeted. You should save your comment for the right occasion - like when the UN Food Program was hit by a female suicide bomber. Appalling how even educated Pakistanis will spread lies to express outrage over the drone attacks that target killers but maintain a studious silence when innocents are massacred by the same terrorists that are being targeted by the drones. This disconnect from reality is what is ailing Pakistan.
Umair Arif | 10 years ago | Reply Is this an totally Pro American Newspaper? I mean every comment in every news is supporting America's war on terror.. Such biased Journalism..!
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