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- Saturday, January 02, 2010 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH/PESHAWAR: The death toll of Thursday’s drone attack in Machikhel village of the NWA has reached six while it has also been confirmed that a prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Haji Omar was among the six people killed in the last drone attack of 2009.


The wanted commander belonged to the Yargul Khel sub-clan of Ahmadzai Wazir tribe, inhabiting Wana, Azam Warsak and Shakai subdivisions of the troubled South Waziristan Agency. He, along with other fellow militants, was staying at a Hujra of a local journalist Karim Khan Waziristani.


The Hujra was struck by the CIA-operated spy plane, which also damaged the adjacent house of the journalist, killing him and injuring his brother, Asif.The drone fired two missiles on the Hujra, located 15 kilometres northwest of Mirali subdivision in North Waziristan.


Taliban sources said Omar had returned from Kandahar 10 days ago where he had gone to fight against the US-led forces. Meanwhile, in the first drone attack of 2010, two tribesmen were killed and another sustained injuries when their car was hit by two missiles fired by the CIA-operated spy plane in Hakimkhel village of Mirali subdivision in North Waziristan on Friday. Official and tribal sources said the car just came out of a house in Hakimkhel village and was on its way to Naurak near Mirali when it came under attack.


Doctors at Miramshah hospital said the one who died at the hospital was a local teenager, belonging to Borakhel Wazir tribe, inhabiting Naurak village of Mirali subdivision. The villagers strongly protested when their bodies were brought to the village.


They demanded of the government and armed forces to take note of the attack. The villagers complained that frequent flights of drones had made their lives miserable. They complained that many people had stopped going to mosques due to fear of missile strikes by the US drone attacks.