32 militants killed in four US drone attacks

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 22:18

Peshawar: US drones killed five militants
in a strike in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region of
northwest Pakistan today, taking the taking the number of
rebels killed in four consecutive attacks since yesterday to
32.

The unmanned spy planes fired at least three missiles
at a house in Khar Qamar area of Miranshah, the main town of
North Waziristan Agency, this evening.

Official sources said at least five militants were
killed and several others, including women and children, were
injured.

Sources close to the local political administration
said most of those killed in the four attacks since yesterday
were foreign fighters from Central Asia, including Uzbeks.

A dozen militants were killed when 10 to 12 drones
carried out pre-dawn attacks in Dargah Mandi and Danday Darpa
Khel near Miranshah.

The spy planes fired at least a dozen missiles at two
militant compounds.

Local residents pulled 12 bodies out of the rubble of
houses that were destroyed.

Five others were injured in the attacks. The drones
struck twice in North Waziristan yesterday, killing 15
militants in areas dominated by the Haqqani and Hafiz Gul
Bahadur groups that often target US troops across the border
in Afghanistan.

The latest missile strike coincided with Afghan
President Hamid Karzai`s visit to Pakistan for crucial talks
to bring stability to the region.

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard
Halbrook too is on a visit to flood-hit areas of Pakistan.

The US has carried out 13 drone strikes in Waziristan
this month, killing over 70 militants in the region described
by Washington as the global headquarters of Al Qaida.

US media reports said most of this month`s strikes
have targeted the forces of Jalauddin Haqqani, a former
anti-Soviet commander now aligned with Taliban and Al-Qaeda,
and his son Sirajuddin.

The reports said that American special forces were
carrying out large-scale raids on the Haqqani group in Khost,
Paktia, Pakiktita and Gardez provinces bordering Pakistan`s
Waziristan province.

US and NATO commanders believed that some of the
top-commanders of the Haqqani group are fleeing the
battlefield and trying to move to safe hideouts in Pakistan
tribal area.

"So, we are mounting pressure on them in Waziristan
also to create a hammer-and-anvil effect," US media reports
said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 22:18

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