Two U.S. drone attacks kill 9 militants in Pakistan: Officials

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  1. Someoneforyou

    Someoneforyou Regular Member

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    PAKISTAN - 16 MAY 2011

    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan – Two US drone strikes targeting a militant compound and a vehicle in Pakistan's lawless tribal district of North Waziristan killed at least nine people on Monday, officials said.

    Both the attacks took place in Mir Ali town, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Miranshah, a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants and the main town in North Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border.

    Two US drones fired two missiles into a militant compound, and minutes later another drone fired two missiles at a vehicle nearby, officials said.

    A senior security official in Peshawar said that at least nine militants were killed and another two wounded.

    "In the first strike, two missiles destroyed the compound and killed six militants. The second attack killed three more militants travelling in a car," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    A security official in Miranshah confirmed the strike, saying earlier that at least seven people had been killed.

    "The vehicle was completely burnt and the compound was also destroyed," he told AFP.

    It was not clear whether the drones were pursuing any "high-value target" but two intelligence officials in Miranshah said they had received reports from informers on the ground that those killed in the compound were all foreigners.

    "We don't know their exact identities but we were informed that there were foreigners inside that compound," one intelligence official told AFP.

    Monday's attacks were the fifth and sixth to be reported in Pakistan's tribal areas near the Afghan border since US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2.


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  3. BangersAndMash

    BangersAndMash Regular Member

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    Those drones are just too FREAKING AWESOME....I want one!!!
     
  4. ganesh177

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    Nice.

    There was some resolution in pakistani parliament that any further drone attack and there will be some kind of response. I think they also talked about shooting it down. Lets see what the response is.

    US is doing emotional atyachar of poor pakistanis, and i am loving it. :)
     
  5. Virendra

    Virendra Moderator Moderator

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    The drone strikes have intensified (tripled) after Abt'bad incident on May2.
    U.S. drone strikes pick up after Osama bin Laden's death - CNN.com

    I'd like to suggest we create one sticky sort of thread "US Drone strikes in Af-Pak" and update that thread with drones strike news flashes as well as other debates over these strikes. How does that sound?
    The discussion scattered over multiple short threads doesn't build up well.

    Regards,
    Virendra
     

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