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January 11, 2013

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Four killed in NWA drone attack

MIRANSHAH: Four persons were killed in another US drone attack in Mir Ali subdivision of North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday. Tribal sources said that the drone fired four missiles and pounded a house in Nitasi village in Mir Ali subdivision, 25 kilometers east of North Waziristan’s headquarters Miranshah. Local residents said that four spy planes were seen flying over the area during the missile strikes.
They said that four disfigured bodies were retrieved from the smashed mud-built house. The bodies were beyond recognition, the residents said. The residents said a bullet-riddled body of an unknown bearded man was also recovered from Mir Ali-Miranshah road in the same area.
AFP adds: At least six persons were killed in the drone attack as a compound and a motorbike was targeted. It was the fifthdrone strike in a week, the heaviest concentration since last August. Pakistani security officials said that US drones fired four missiles — two at a house and another two at a nearby motorbike, killing four militants in the house and two on the bike.
The attack took place in Heso Khel village on the edge of Mir Ali town, of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a notorious stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants. A local resident said that the militants were seen collecting burnt bodies. Thursday’s strike brings to 36 the number of militants reported killed in five drone strikes since January 3. The covert strikes are publicly criticised by the Pakistani government as a violation of sovereignty but American officials believe they are a vital weapon in the war against the militants. According to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 2,627 and 3,457 people have been reportedly killed by US drones in Pakistan since 2004, including between 475 and nearly 900 civilians.

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