At least four suspected foreign militants were killed and several others injured in a US drone attack in Mubarakshahi village near Mirali tehsils of North Waziristan on Thursday.
Officials said a US drone fired two missiles on a compound of militants established in a house in Mubarakshahi, around 15 kilometres away from Miranshah. The compound was established in the house of Shaheedullah Dawar, a local tribesman. Various portions of the compound were razed to the ground while four of the occupants were killed and several others injured. The damaged compound caught fire after the attack, delaying rescue activities. The militants from surrounding areas rushed to the site later and moved the dead and injured to an unidentified place.
The identity of those killed and injured could not be ascertained, but local tribesmen said they included foreigners. It was the third US drone strike in Waziristan region in the last few days that have so far claimed a dozen lives.
Drone victims’ relatives protest in Miranshah
Relatives of the US drone attacks victims held a protest demonstration in front of the Miranshah Press Club against non inclusion of their names for payment of compensation money. A protester, Ishqur Rehman, told media persons that his mother lost her life and eight children of the family sustained injuries in a drone attack at Ghundi Killay on October 24 that completely destroyed their house. He further said the political administration of North Waziristan Agency and the Pakistan Army did not include their names in the list of those receiving compensation which is an insult to their injury. He demanded the president, chief justice of Pakistan, Army chief, Peshawar corps commander and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to take notice of the miseries of the drone victims and ensure provision of compensation money to them.