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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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MIRANSHAH: Twelve people were killed and five others injured in two separate US drone attacks in Mir Ali and Dattakhel areas of the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday, tribal sources said.

 

Sources said the drones carried out the first attack in Hassukhel village of Mir Ali subdivision and targeted a house. Villagers said the drones fired 10 missiles and killed seven people. “The drone first fired two missiles at the house and killed four people and injured five others. Those living in an adjacent house panicked after the missile strikes and started fleeing towards the nearby fields. The drones then started firing missiles at them and targeted everyone running in the fields,” a local tribesman told The News from Hassukhel village, located about 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.

 

He said the house was located close to the mosque which had been attacked by a drone last week, killing 10 worshipers. The tribesman said bodies of the slain men were later retrieved but were mutilated beyond recognition.

 

The injured were shifted to the main hospital in Mir Ali area where they were stated to be in critical condition.Government officials based in the area said that 10 US spy planes took part in the attack in Mir Ali. “I have not seen drones in such a large number in the past during one attack. Mostly two or four spy planes take part in the attack here,” the official said. Later in the night, five more people were killed when a pilotless plane fired two missiles at a car and a house in Deegan village of Dattakhel area.

 

Villagers in Deegan said five men traveling in the car were killed in the attack. “Their bodies were unrecognizsable. Only body pieces of the slain men were retrieved and put in plastic bags for burial,” a villager told The News from Deegan on phone. He said a nearby house was also damaged in the attack, but its inmates remained safe.