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- Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - From Print Edition


WANA: Five people were killed and four others injured in a US drone attack on a house and a car in Baghar village, South Waziristan Agency, on Tuesday.


Security officials and tribal sources said four unmanned US spy planes were seen flying over the area before the missile attack on the house. They said the drones fired four missiles and struck a house and a car, killing five people and injuring four others.


A local tribesman, Zar Wali Khan, told The News by telephone that most of the bodies were mutilated beyond recognition, while the injured had been shifted to Wana for treatment. Two were in critical condition, he said.


Though tribal sources claim all the victims were local tribesmen, there was no way to ascertain the identity of the slain people. The mountainous Baghar village, which is about 30 kilometres west of Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan, has many times come under missile strikes by the CIA-operated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


The area is considered to be a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban commander, Maulvi Nazeer, and his tribal fighters. Maulvi Nazeer only a few days ago led a rally to condemn the US attack in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden. He praised the al-Qaeda leader as a martyr and hero and pledged to avenge bin Laden’s death by targeting US interests in the region. Earlier, Maulvi Nazeer had signed a peace accord with the government in March 2007.