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Four tribesmen, two ANA soldiers killed in clash near Afghan border
- Friday, May 13, 2011 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH: Seven people were killed and one sustained injuries in a US drone attack on a vehicle in Sanzalai village near Dattakhel in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday, security officials and tribal sources said.


Meanwhile, six people, including four Pakistani tribesmen and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, were killed in an armed clash between the two sides in Saidgai area near the Afghan border following a dispute over body search.


Tribal sources said that six US spy planes were seen flying over the mountainous Dattakhel area during the missile attack on the double-cabin pickup truck. They said eight tribesmen were on their way to Dattakhel from Miramshah when they came under attack by the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Sanzalai village. Local villagers said they saw the drones flying at a low altitude during the missile attack on the vehicle. The drones fired four missiles at the vehicle, which was smashed into pieces.


Seven people in the vehicle died on the spot and the eighth one was seriously injured. The villagers said almost half-an-hour after the attack they were able to retrieve the bodies of slain men. They said most of the bodies were mutilated beyond recognition.


Villagers in Dattakhel claimed that all the slain men were local tribesmen. They condemned the killing of tribesmen and protested over what they termed the government’s meaningful silence over the continuous attacks on the tribal people in the US drone attacks.


In a separate incident, an armed clash between the Pakistani tribesmen and Afghan soldiers at Deogar village of Saidgai area near the Pak-Afghan border left four tribesmen and two Afghan army men dead. Tribal sources said the tribesmen from North Waziristan, working in the mountains in chromites mines, mistakenly crossed the border and entered Afghanistan.


The Afghan soldiers insisted on their body search, which the tribesmen reportedly refused and told them they were from the local tribes in North Waziristan and were working in chromites mines in the mountains. The Afghan soldiers and tribesmen exchanged hot words and exchanged fire. Tribal sources said four tribesmen and two Afghan soldiers died on the spot while some others from the two sides were injured.