Several killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – At least six people have

been killed in a US drone strike in the North

Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military

operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing,

intelligence sources tell Al Jazeera.

Two missiles were fired on Thursday on a

compound and a vehicle in the village of

Madakhel in the Dattakhel area of the province,

intelligence sources said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, as

they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the identity

of those killed, as access to the area is restricted.

Thursday's incident is the fourth US strike in

Pakistan since a Pakistani military operation

against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

(TTP) and its allies in North Waziristan began last


The previous three strikes included twin attacks

on June 12, which killed at least 10 people in

Miranshah, and another strike on Miranshah on

June 18, which killed at least four people.

In a closed-door briefing on July 1, Pervez

Rashid, the Pakistani information minister, said

that US drone strikes during the ongoing

Pakistani military operation were


Major-General Asim Bajwa, chief of the army's PR

wing, said that drones "don't help us".

"This is an operation which is Pakistan's own

operation," he said. "We have conceived it. This is

our own capability […] if there is any kind of

support that we've asked for, it's [from] Afghans

across the border or ISAF.

"Drones are not at all, I repeat not at all, part of

our operational plan."

Separately, Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson for

Pakistan's Foreign Office, said: "We have

condemned these attacks. We have made it clear

that these attacks are unacceptable, they violate

Pakistan's sovereignty. … we have said that

drone strikes would complicate our efforts to

eliminate terrorists."

The June 12 strikes broke a six-month hiatus in

the US drone campaign in Pakistan – the longest

such break since US President Barack Obama

took office in 2009.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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