Friday, December 21, 2012

Four killed in North Waziristan drone attack

PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed in a drone attack in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency (SWA).

Several people were also injured as the drone fired two missiles at a house located in the area.

Earlier on Friday, a US drone crashed in an uninhabited area in Wana, South Waziristan.

In a separate incident Local Taliban Commander Abbas Wazir along with two accomplices died in a suicide blast in Wana’s Rustam Bazar Vegetable Market. The blast took place inside Wazir’s office, causing damage to surrounding shops.

from GEO.TV
December 21, 2012 - Updated 165 PKT


PESHAWAR: Four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike Friday afternoon in North Waziristan regions, one of Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal agencies near the Afghan border, intelligence and government sources said.

Although military and political administration officials refuse to comment on such strikes in the tribal areas, intelligence sources said the drone targeted a suspected militant facility located in the Hisukhel area of Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres east of Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan agency.

The drones fired two missiles, destroying the house and killing four militants inside, said the sources on condition of anonymity. The identities of the dead and their affiliation to a militant group were unclear, they added.
Some sources said some foreigners were also among the dead but their nationalities could not be ascertained.
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U.S. drone crashes in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. unmanned aircraft, which was reportedly being used to target militants' hideouts, crashed in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of South Waziristan, local media reported on Friday.

According to the reports, the pilotless plane crashed on Thursday night in the Wana district of South Waziristan, a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Local media quoting official sources reported that the U.S. drone crashed apparently due to some technical fault.

U.S.-led NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan believed that Pakistan's bordering areas especially North Waziristan and South Waziristan are the safe haven for the militants who allegedly attack NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan, on a number of times, protested and expressed its reservations over such attacks, terming them the violation of its sovereignty but U.S. considered it an effective strategy to eliminate militants hiding in Pakistan's northwestern hilly area.

In 2012, U.S.-led NATO forces conducted around 38 drone attacks (counted on daily basis) in Pakistan, killing at least 269 people.

On Dec. 9, at least four people were killed when a U.S. drone fired four missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.

Earlier on Dec. 1, U.S. drone attacked a suspected hideout in South Waziristan, the neighboring area of North Waziristan, killing at least four people including an al-Qaeda leader Abdul Rehman Azman, a Yemeni national believed to be one of the close aides of the former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

2012-12-21 16:36:42
Editor: Hou Qiang

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Raid on Kenyan coastal village leaves 28 dead

(Reuters) - Raiders killed villagers and burnt homes in an early morning attack in Kenya's volatile coastal Tana Delta region that left 28 people dead, police said on Friday.

They said the raid appeared to have been a revenge attack following clashes between farmers from the Pokomo tribe and semi-nomadic Orma tribesmen, who have fought for years over access to grazing, farmland and water in the coastal region.

More than 100 people died in a series of attacks in the area earlier this year.

"About 150 Pokomo raiders attacked Kipao village which is inhabited by the Ormas early Friday, but the Ormas appeared to have been aware and were prepared. A confrontation ensued and as result 19 Ormas and 9 Pokomos were killed," Robert Kitur, Coast Region deputy police chief, told reporters.

MOMBASA, Kenya | Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:24am GMT
(Reporting By Joseph Akwiri; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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Would-be bomber among 4 killed in Helmand

Map showing Helmand province in Afghanistan wh...
Map showing Helmand province in Afghanistan where British troops are now mostly located. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Four militants, including a suicide bomber, were killed in Greshk and Sangin districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Thursday.

Three fighters were killed during a clash in the Nahr-i-Saraj area of Greshk late on Wednesday night, said the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ilham.

He added two Kalashnikov assault rifles and a vehicle were recovered from the insurgents.

Elsewhere in the province, one would-be suicide attacker was killed and another caught alive before they could attack police in Sangin district. An explosive vest seized from the detainee was defused by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops.

from Pajhwok
By Shams Jalal Dec 20, 2012 - 18:41

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Four killed in Wana bomb attack

A remotely detonated bomb exploded near a vegetable market in South Waziristan tribal region’s Wana area on Friday killing former Taliban commander Maulvi Abbas and three others.

A nine-year-old child was also injured in the blast, whereas nearby buildings were partially damaged. According to sources, Abbas appeared to be the target of the attack.

Emergency and security personnel reached the site of attack. Security forces cordoned off the area as investigations into the incident went underway.

Abbas was previously ousted from Wana along with Uzbek and pro-Uzbek militants in 2007 after developing differences with Mullah Nazir.

Upon his ouster, Abbas had affiliated himself with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), only to return to Wana after reconciling with Nazir. Abbas was operating independently after returning to Wana.

South Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.

Updated :   Friday  December  21 , 2012  2:22:12 PM 
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Dec. 21., 2012. - RC-East operational update

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents, detained one, located one weapons cache and cleared three improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Dec. 20.

Laghman province

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs in Mehtar Lam district.

Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed two insurgents during an engagement in Mehtar Lam district.

Afghan National Army killed one insurgent during an engagement in Alingar district.

Logar province

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared one IED in Baraki Barak district.

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces detained an insurgent while investigating a weapons cache in Muhammad Aghah district. The cache contained small arms and ammunition and multiple artillery and tank rounds being used to make IEDs. The detained suspect was transferred to a base for questioning.

Operations in RC-East are ongoing.

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