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November 27, 2014

US drone kills seven militants in NWA

Editorial

 
November 27, 2014

MIRANSHAH: Seven suspected militants were killed in a US drone attack in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) tribal region on Wednesday.
Official sources said the unmanned US spy aircraft fired two missiles at a house, which the militants were using as their hideout. “According to intercepts of the internal conversations of militants, seven militants died in the drone strike,” one official said on condition of anonymity.
There was no further information about the identity of themilitants due to a lack of communication in the area. The government and security officials said that majority of the militants had fled to Dattakhel and the remote mountainous Shawal area after the government launched a military operation against them in Mir Ali, Miranshah and other villages on June 15.
It was the third US drone attack in North Waziristan’s Dattakhel Subdivision during the current month. Agencies add: AFP reported that eight militants were killed in the strike.
“The drone fired two missiles, killing at least eight people and injuring two others,” a security official in the area told AFP via phone on condition of anonymity.“There may be more dead bodies under the rubble,” he said.
An intelligence official in the area confirmed the attack and said militants loyal to the warlord Gul Bahadur and the dreadful Haqqani network operate in the area, as well as foreign Uzbek fighters.
Another security official in Peshawar also confirmed the strike and said the Haqqani network and foreign militants are active in the area.The strike came a day after Pakistani jet fighters killed 20 suspected members of the Haqqani network, accused of some of the bloodiest attacks in Afghanistan including a blast that left 57 people dead last weekend.
PPI reported Pakistan condemned the drone strike calling it a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also demanded their immediate cessation.A statement said the government is itself taking decisive action against the terrorist elements in North Waziristan Agency, thus rendering such strikes completely unnecessary.