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- Monday, October 31, 2011 - From Print Edition


MIRAMSHAH: Four local tribesmen working at chromites mines were killed and two men riding a motorbike were injured in a US drone strike on the Doga Madakhel village in Dattakhel area in North Waziristan Agency Sunday.


Tribal sources said the drone fired four missiles and hit a car carrying four miners traveling from Miramshah to Dattakhel to work in the chromites mines near the Afghan border. All four were residents of Danday Darpakhel village, located five kilometres to the west of North Waziristan’s headquarters, Miramshah. The bodies, damaged beyond recognition, were brought to Danday Darpakhel village and laid to rest at the local graveyard.


One of them was identified as Saeedur Rahman, a dealer of chromites. The other three, whose identity could not be ascertained, were miners. The two other men riding motorbike behind the car sustained serious injuries and were shifted to a hospital in Miramshah. They are stated to be in a critical condition.


Eyewitnesses in Doga village said the car caught fire when the drone hit it. They said the villagers wanted to extinguish the fire, but were unable to do so since four drones kept flying overhead for a while.