Eight killed in Waziristan drone attacks
WANA/MIRAMSHAH: Eight suspected tribal militants were killed and two others injured in three separate drone attacks in South and North Waziristan on Wednesday.
Tribal sources in South Waziristan’s headquarters, Wana, said the drones first fired two missiles at the house of a tribesman, Zar Wali Khan Wazir, and killed three persons. Two men were injured in the attack and were shifted to a nearby hospital. A double cabin pick-up vehicle parked in the house was also destroyed in the attack.
There was no information about the identity of the slain men but local tribesmen said they were tribal militants affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban commander, Maulvi Nazeer. Some reports, however, suggested that a senior militant commander of the Maulvi Nazeer group was also killed in the attack.
Maulvi Nazeer is not part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) led by Hakimullah Mahsud and is considered pro-government after he signed a peace accord with the government in 2007, promising not to fight against the state of Pakistan.
In the second attack, tribal sources said the drones fired two missiles on a moving car in Karez village, 10 kilometres west of Wana. The first missile missed the target and those traveling in the speeding car stopped it near an apple orchard and managed to escape.
Eyewitnesses said within minutes, the drone fired the second missile and hit the car, turning it into pieces. Taliban sources said four militants reportedly belonging to the Punjab, were in the car but remained safe as they had taken shelter in the apple orchard before the drone struck the vehicle.