WANA: At least 20 people were killed Monday in three separate U.S. drone attacks in the South Waziristan. The latest strike targeted a vehicle in Shawal area on the Afghan border, 45 kilometres west of the district’s main town of WANA. It is considered a stronghold of militant commander Maulvi Nazir, who has signed a peace deal with the government.
An official said on condition of anonymity that ‘four people traveling in the vehicle were killed’ and their vehicle destroyed.
He said three drones were still flying over the areas, creating panic among the locals who were reluctant to go near the attack site, fearing that they might strike again. Earlier, two attacks were carried out in Dana village in the Barmal area, targeting two mountain hideouts of alleged militants.
Before dawn, one set of missiles hit a compound in Wucha Dana village, killing seven people. The second set landed at about the same time at a Muslim seminary in the same village, killing five people, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. They also said that most of the killed are said to be Arab nationals ‘We have been informed that 16 people have been killed in the two strikes,’ an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity according to DPA.
Another security official said the victims included Punjabi Taliban of the Maulvi Nazir group and some foreigners.
It was the second major strike in the area after the killing of senior al-Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri on Friday in a similar fashion.-Online