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September 25, 2014

US drone strike kills 10 Uzbek militants in NWA

September 25, 2014

MIRANSHAH: Ten Uzbek militants were killed when a US drone hit a vehicle in the Dattakhel Tehsil in the North Waziristan Agency, sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said that 10 militants were travelling in a vehicle when the drone fired missiles at it in Lowra Mandai in the Dattakhel area. All the militants were killed in the strike on the spot, the sources said.
Official sources said all the slain militants were Uzbek nationals.The report could not be verified by independent sources.It was the eighth drone attack in the current year in North Waziristan, where the Pakistan Army had launched a military operation against the local and foreign militants on June 15.
It may be added that eight militants were killed in a drone attack in the Mana area in Dattakhel in August.It should be noted that the day when the premier had reached the US for a visit last time, a drone had hit the Pakistani tribal areas.
Agencies add: Some reports suggested that the US drones continued low flights over the area for quite some time after the attack, which further panicked and frightened the local population.
North Waziristan has been off limits to journalists since the army announced the offensive there in June. Even before the operation, journalists were often prevented from visiting the sites of drone strikes.
Pakistan condemned a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region, which killed 10 people.“The Government of Pakistan condemns the incident of US drone strike that took place in Dattakhel, North Waziristan,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“Pakistan regards such strikes as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a ministry’s statement said. It said the Government of Pakistan also believes that with the decisive action being taken against the terrorist elements in North Waziristan, there was no need for such strikes.“We, therefore, urge for cessation of such strikes,” the statement said.

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