Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2 killed in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and several others injured in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Wednesday afternoon, local media reported.

Local TV Express reported that the drone strike was launched at about 2:50 p.m. local time when the U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house suspected to be a militants' hideout in Miranshah area of North Waziristan, a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

The death toll is likely to increase as there were reportedly many people in the house and several of them are in a critical condition.

According to Xinhua's tally, Wednesday's strike is 34th of its kind since the beginning of this year. So far this year at least 236 people have been killed in such strikes.

2012-10-24 18:25:43

update from LWJ:

US drones kill 4 'militants,' 1 civilian in North Waziristan strike

US drones killed four "militants" and one civilian in a strike today on a compound in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.
Pakistani officials told Dawn that the unmanned Predators or Reapers fired three missiles at a compound and a vehicle in the village of Tappi near Miramshah in North Waziristan. "The official sources also said that three cows have also been killed as the house was completely destroyed," Dawn reported.
The target of today's strike has not been disclosed. No senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist commanders from foreign terrorist groups are reported to have been killed in the strike.
Terrorists are known to have sheltered in the village of Tappi in the past. The US has struck at targets in the village five other times since the beginning of 2008, according to data on the strikes that has been compiled by The Long War Journal.
The Haqqani Network, a Taliban group that operates in North Waziristan and Kurram, as well as in eastern Afghanistan, administers the area where today's attack took place. Al Qaeda leaders and operatives, who are closely allied with the Haqqani Network, shelter in the area, as do other terror groups. The US added the Haqqani Network to the list of global terror groups in September 2012 for supporting al Qaeda and conducting attacks in Afghanistan.

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