Sixteen suspected militants were killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s restive and lawless North Waziristan tribal agency on Thursday.
Islamabad, June 12/Nationalturk – At least 16 suspected militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes in Pakistan’s restive and lawless North Waziristan tribal agency. It was the first US drone strikes in Pakistan in 2014.
Pakistani security officials said that US drone fired two missiles targeting a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan, around 10 kilometres west of the main town of Miranshah on Wednesday evening.
“The drone strike, which caught militants unaware, killed six suspected militants including four Uzbeki militants,” they said.
The Uzbeki militants had claimed the recent terrorist attack on Pakistan’s busiest Karachi airport. At least 39 persons including 10 attackers were killed in the terrorist attack.
It was the first US drone strike in Pakistan since December 2013.
In 2013, US drones carried out a total of 21 attacks, most of them in NWA to target militant positions. Pakistan’s dreaded terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) erstwhile chief Hakeemullah Mehsud was killed in US drone attack last year.
10 killed in 2nd drone attack
Pakistan newspaper, Express Tribune, quoted security officials as saying that US drone carried another attack early Thursday morning in Dande Darpa Khel village in North Waziristan agency.
The officials said 10 suspected militants were killed and half a dozen injured in the drone attack.
The US drones had caused fear among the terrorists in the lawless tribal agencies in Pakistan and its stop by US had made their movement hassle free and safe.
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