Skip to comments.US missile strike kills 12 in Pakistan
Posted on 03/10/2010 4:14:10 PM PST by myknowledge
Two US missile strikes on Wednesday killed at least 12 militants in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.
The first strike took place at 8pm local time in Mizar Madakhel village, some 50 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, followed swiftly by a second attack.
Eight militants were killed when the drone fired four missiles, hitting a vehicle and a compound which were being used by the insurgents, a senior security official in the area said.
He added that the second strike, which killed another four, took place after a brief interval. It targeted two vehicles which militants were using to pull out bodies from the site of the first attack.
"Three missiles were fired in the second strike which killed four rebels," he said.
Another Pakistani intelligence official confirmed the strikes and casualties. He said it was not immediately clear whether any "high value target" was present in the area, said to be the stronghold of local militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
US drone attacks routinely target Taliban and al-Qaeda commanders in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, which Washington calls the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda.
A US drone strike in Miranshah in February killed Mohammed Haqqani, a brother of al-Qaeda-linked warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani, whose network is fighting against US and local forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.
More recently, three missiles fired by US drone aircraft killed five militants in Miranshah on Monday.
The covert US drone war against al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders has focused increasingly on North Waziristan, a bastion of multiple militant groups, since a December 30 suicide attack killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan.
I’ve read it was a swarm of 5 drones...and they waited until bodies were being removed after the first strike and attacked again...killing the rescuers....:-)
Fodder for allah.
How much must it bug Obama that he dare not stop these strikes.
Obama would not dare stop those drone strikes. He has escalated them. There were more drone strikes in a month under Zero than the drone strikes in a year under Dubya.
The toll is now at sixteen.