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US drone, PAF jets kill 12 in Waziristan

30 September, 2009

MIRAMSHAH: Three Uzbek militants were reportedly among the nine people killed in two missile attacks by unmanned US aircraft in South and North Waziristan tribal regions, while three militants were killed in Pakistani jets bombing on Tuesday.

The Uzbeks were killed in the missile strike in South Waziristan’s Srarogha area. Two other men, believed to be militants, were also killed in the attack. A suspected position of the militants was targeted in North Waziristan Agency in the second attack carried out hours later.

Officials of the political administration and local tribesmen said the CIA-operated spy plane fired two missiles at a militants’ hideout in Srarogha area around 2:30 pm on Tuesday. This used to be a stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud.

Tribal sources said the house attacked by the US drone was owned by Irfan Shamankhel, a militant with close ties to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) head Hakimullah Mehsud. Three more persons were feared buried under the debris of the building destroyed by the missile strike. The injured were evacuated to a nearby private clinic, where the condition of four was stated to be critical.

Apart from the drone attack, the tribal sources said fighter planes of the Pakistan Air Force bombed some positions of militants in Karkanra village in Kotki area. They said two bunkers were destroyed and at least three militants were killed in the attack.

Four more unidentified men were reportedly killed when troops targeted the Taliban hideouts in Makeen area from the Razmak Army Camp, which was attacked by the militants with rockets on Tuesday.

The second drone attack was carried out in Danday Darpakhel village near Miramshah, North Waziristan Agency. The sources said four people were killed and three others injured in the attack. All the victims were said to be Afghan refugees. This was the second drone attack on Danday Darpakhel village in the last three days. The village is inhabited by family members of Afghan Taliban commander and former minister Jalaluddin Haqqani.

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