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- Saturday, December 29, 2012 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH: Five people were killed and three others sustained injuries in a US drone attack on a house in Mana Gurbaz area of the remote and mountainous Shawal Valley in North Waziristan Agency on Friday.


Official and tribal sources said the drone fired four missiles and pounded a house in the forest-covered Shawal Valley, sited 90 kilometres northwest of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.


They said it was for the first time that a drone carried out missile attack in the cloudy and rainy weather in the volatile tribal region.


One official said the death toll could rise as some of the injured were in critical condition. “There was heavy snowfall in Shawal valley when the drone fired missiles and targeted a house,” said the official. He said drones in the past used to remain off the sky during rain.


There was no immediate information about the identity of those killed in the drone attack.