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Nine killed in two drone attacks in NWA

07 October, 2010

MIRAMSHAH: Nine persons were killed in two separate US drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday, official and tribal sources said.

Four people were killed in yet another attack by the US drones on a house in Darpakhel Sarai in Miramshah town in North Waziristan Agency, on Wednesday. The house was hit by two missiles. However, government officials, as well as the Taliban sources, denied any loss of life in the attack, saying only four people were injured.

Officials said five US unmanned aircraft were flying over Miramshah and one of the drones struck a house with two missiles. A security official, who requested anonymity, said that four people had lost their lives in the missile strikes. He said a car parked inside the house was also damaged.

The villagers said they saw thick smoke rising from the house after the attack. Other government officials and militant sources denied any loss of life in the attack. Pleading anonymity, they said only four people sustained injuries in the attack and were taken for treatment to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Miramshah town.

Taliban sources said that the drone fired two missiles at a room while the people, suspected to be militants, were sitting in an open area at the centre of the house. “They suffered multiple injuries and were shifted to the hospital after an hour. No one could enter the house as the drones continued to fly over the town for almost an hour after the missile strikes,” said a local militant commander, who wished not to be named.

Meanwhile, five more people were killed in another drone attack on a house at Hurmuz village of Mir Ali subdivision. Tribal sources said the unmanned spy aircraft fired two missiles and pounded a house owned by a local tribesman, Salim Khan Dawar. The house was located in the middle of a field near the Hurmuz village. There was no way to check the identity of the slain people.

Local people, however, said that besides the militants of regional Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur, tribal fighters affiliated with Hakimullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were also operating in Mir Ali town.


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