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- Friday, January 13, 2012 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH: Five people were killed and three others injured in a US drone attack on two vehicles in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency on Thursday.


This was the second attack by the CIA-operated spy planes in North Waziristan in the past two days. Tribal sources said the drone fired two missiles and hit a double cabin pick-up vehicle and a car near the Dogga village in Dattakhel Tehsil, 45 kilometres west of Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.


Villagers in Dattakhel said some people were sitting in their vehicles after performing their Maghrib prayers when they came under attack. Theysaid the double cabin pick-up vehicle caught fire and four men were killed on the spot. Their badly mutilated bodies were pulled out of the destroyed vehicle later. Another person, villagers said, was killed in the car. His body was mutilated and beyond recognition. There was no way to ascertain the identity of the slain men. It seems the CIA has upgraded the drone technology and local people are now unable to hear the sound of the missiles when fired from drones.