Death toll in drone attack reaches 17

As many as 17 people were killed in the US drone attack in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday.
An official at Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, said that though the militants had shifted all bodies and injured people to unknown places, but there were reports that from 15 to 17 people were killed in the attack. Several injured people are still under treatment in various private clinics.
The identity of killed persons could not be ascertained but the tribesmen said that foreigner militants were also among those killed. The non-local militants, known as Punjabi Taliban and Central Asians, had been staying at the Sarae Darpa Khel (motel) for a long time. During daytime, they used to patrol streets.
The official said the US drone had fired four missiles, killing at least seven on the spot and injuring several others. Around 10 succumbed to their injuries later. The motel was completely demolished and the Taliban completed their rescue activities by Wednesday morning.
Panic gripped the urban area after the drone attack. Most of the residents have abandoned their homes fearing further attacks. The militants who used to get shelter at night at the Miranshah bazaar were also seen moving to deserted areas.



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