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Sunday, September 02, 2012
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MIRANSHAH: Five persons were killed in another US drone attack in Degan village in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday, official and tribal sources said.

 

The sources said that unmanned drone aircraft fired four missiles at around 9:00am at a house and a vehicle parked there in Degan village near the border with Afghanistan. Eyewitnesses said five people were killed in the attack and the house was partially damaged. The vehicle was destroyed by the missile hit.

 

As usual the identity of the slain people could not be established due to the remoteness of the area. It was the 35th drone attack in North Waziristan in 2012.

 

Unconfirmed reports suggested that most of the militants slain in the attack were aligned with the group of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is head of the local Taliban in North Waziristan. There were also reports attributed to unnamed government officials that two out of the five men killed in the strike were foreigners. The remaining three were stated to be local militants.