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- Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH: Five persons were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a van in Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency on Monday, tribal sources said.


Sources said five persons, whose identity could not be ascertained, were heading towards the Pak-Afghan border in the Borvaika area in Dattakhel tehsil around 9:pm when the CIA-operated drone fired missiles at their vehicle. All five were killed on the spot.


Several media organisations reported that 10 people were killed in the drone attack while reports from the area said only the five people seated in the vehicle were killed in the strike. Government officials confirmed the incident but expressed ignorance about the identity of the slain persons.


Subsequent reports suggested US drones continued to fly in the area after attacking the vehicle. This delayed rescue efforts after the strike and created fear among people in the area.