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- Friday, June 17, 2011 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH: Hundreds of tribesmen Thursday took to the streets and blocked the main Bannu-Miramshah Road by placing bodies of the four tribesmen killed in Wednesday’s drone attack.


It was for the first time that the tribesmen protested the US drone attacks by putting bodies of the victims on the road and invited members of the media and government and military officials to come and see as to who were being killed by the US spy planes in North Waziristan.


The tribesmen placed photos of the slain persons on their coffins as the bodies were mutilated beyond recognition. The protesting tribesmen chanted slogans against the United States for killing innocent tribal people in the drone attacks and flayed the Pakistani leaders for keeping quiet over the merciless killing of their countrymen.


The four people killed in the drone attack were identified as Akram Shah, a driver in Wapda; Umar Khan, owner of an auto spare-parts shop in Miramshah; Shahzada, a student and Tariq, who was running a medical store.


The tribesmen said three among the slain belonged to the same family from the Borakhel tribe and the fourth one was from Torikhel tribe and resided in the nearby Spalga village.


The funeral prayers for the slain men were held at Qutabkhel village near Mir Ali, the sources added. Moving scenes were witnessed during the funeral prayers as family members and relatives kept crying over the four corpses.


All four were travelling by a car from Miramshah to Mir Ali after closing their shops when the drone started firing missiles at the vehicle. Unlike other cars in the tribal region, tribal sources said this vehicle didn’t even have tinted glasses and those seated in it were clearly visible.


On the occasion, tribal elders called for a shutdown in North Waziristan on Monday to protest the death of innocent civilians in the US drone strikes.