A US drone attack targeted a vehicle on Saturday morning, killing at least four persons in North Waziristan, the bordering area of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to the media reports, the attack took place in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, targeting a moving vehicle. The unmanned plane hurled four missiles at the militant’s compound and vehicle, killing at least four.
A report quoting security official said, “The identity of the victims was immediately unclear but this area is mostly occupied by members of the militant commander Gul Bahadur’s group.”
A source in the area informed the media that the vehicle had been driving through a village 35 kilometers west of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal district.
According to him drones continued hovering over the area even after the strike that triggered fear among the residents. He said that at least two militants of Gul Bahadur group were also sustained injuries in the incident.
It is vital to mention here that at least six alleged militants were killed in a drone attack on September 1, in Degan area of Datta Khel.
This attack took place at a time when Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar is in Washington and holding meetings with American officials.
Earlier on Friday, she said that she had detailed and frank discussions with the members of the Obama Administration on drones.
She stated, “Pakistan’s position remains that drones are illegal and counterproductive and that there is now a better realization in the United States as to what the negative fallout of spy attacks is in Pakistan.”
While replying to a query, the foreign minister explained the reason drones were counterproductive saying when a US drone carries out a strike; Pakistani officials have to hear remarks that this is the US’ war.
The minister questioned that how many of those killed were Pakistanis as opposed to foreigners in 352 terrorist attacks in Pakistan, adding that Pakistanis were the ones who were being
According to the statistics, such attacks have killed more than 5,000 people in the last five years while 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.