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Pakistan: U.S. Drone Attack Kills 12, Women and Children Included

Pakistan: U.S. Drone Attack Kills 12, Women and Children Included

Pakistan Observer
August 22, 2009

More than a dozen innocent civilians mostly children and females were killed and many injured when the notorious American drones hit a house with hell fire missiles in North Waziristan Agency Friday wee hours.

The CIA operated pilotless US planes, fired at least two deadly projectiles on the house of one Mirza Khan in Danday Darpakhel village two kilometer North of Miran Shah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency on Friday at 3.50 a.m. The eyewitnesses said the house was razed to the ground. At least 12 inmates including five children and two females were perished while many others received critical injuries. The death toll was feared to go higher. According to details, the drone hit at a house of an Afghan refugee in Danday Darba Khel village killing at least 12 people of which 5 are kids and two females. “However, we have no reports if there was any foreigner among the remaining five dead,” the sources in the political administration told this scribe adding the targeted house was close to a madrassa run by the Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani.

The local people rushed to the house and recovered the bodies from the rubble. The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment. Three other houses were also demolished in the deadly attack. The identity of the victims could not be ascertained.

It was reported that the infuriated Taliban following the incident, attacked a military check post in Danday Darba Khel area which resulted in a shoot out between the militants and the security forces for almost two hours and the administration confirmed injuries to at least two soldiers in the clash.

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