Wednesday, September 09, 2009

10 Killed in US Drone Strikes Against North Waziristan

Three More Killed in Second Strike of the Past Two Days

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, September 08, 2009

Three more people were killed today in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency when a US drone attacked their house just outside the major town of Miramshah. The attack was the second in as many days and brought the overall toll of the two attacks to at least 10 killed and an unknown number of others wounded.

Yesterday a drone attacked a car outside another house in the region, destroying the car and damaging the house and a nearby religious school. At least seven people were killed in the strike, and at least five of them had been identified as suspected militants by local security officials.

Today’s attack targeted the home of a local named Ismail Khan. There was no immediate comment from anyone linking him to militant activity nor was there any indication why his house was a target. The US seldom even confirms its attacks into Pakistan, except when they believe that they killed someone important.

Such attacks are considered a sensitive subject for the Pakistani government, which publicly denounces but privately supports them. The recent spate of attacks will likely further add to the growing unrest across the country over US interference.

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