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December 21, 2014

Seven killed in NWA drone strike

 
December 21, 2014

MIRANSHAH: Seven suspected militants were killed and three others injured in a US drone attack in the Lowara Mandi area of Dattakhel subdivision in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday.
Official and tribal sources said the drone fired two missiles and struck a house.
“Seven militants died on the spot and three others living in an adjoining room of the same compound suffered injuries,” said an official in Dattakhel, claiming to have intercepted an internal communication of the militants.
There were conflicting reports about the identity of the slain militants. Some said the victims were foreign fighters but others were of the view that they included members of the Punjabi Taliban and local militants headed by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, leader of the North Waziristan-based militants.
After a brief break, the CIA-operated unmanned US spy planes once again started missile strikes in North Waziristan and killed dozens of local and foreign militants, without causing losses to local infrastructure and collateral damages.
The military had launched a major offensive against the militants on June 15, in which security officials claimed more than 1,500 militants had been killed.
Maintaining security in the tribal region has become a major challenge for the security forces even though the local population left their homes and villages to enable the law-enforcement agencies to clean North Waziristan of the militants.
It seems militants are still operating in the tribal region as the drones resumed the missile strikes there.