Conflict & Justice

Suspected drone strike kills 10 in Pakistan


Pakistani tribesmen hold banners as they march during a protest rally against US drone attacks, in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district on January 21, 2011. Hundreds of Pakistani tribesmen paraded in the streets to demand an end to US drone attacks which they said were killing innocent people in the tribal areas, witnesses said. In 2010 the campaign doubled missile attacks in the tribal area with around 100 drone strikes killing more than 650 people, according to an AFP tally.



A suspected US drone strike has killed 16 militants and wounded 12 more in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan, as four missiles were fired at a militant compound.

According to CBS News, the dead and injured were loyalists of militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is headquartered in North Waziristan. 

CNN reported that the compound belonged to Maulvi Shakirullah, a militant affiliated with the Haqqani network, citing a local government official and a military official. Pakistan's GEO TV reported that the drone strike hit a madrasa run by Shakirullah.

This is the second apparent drone attack in two days: on Wednesday, a drone strike in North Waziristan killed five people, who were believed to be insurgents, BBC News reported.

Though attacks on the militant strongholds along the Waziristan border are common, strikes in other areas are rare. 

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Pakistan's government is opposed to the US strikes, which they feel jeopardize the country's sovereignty and kill innocent civilians in the process of targeting militants. 

‘‘The embassy was informed that drone strikes on Pakistani territory were a clear violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. These attacks were unacceptable to Pakistan,’’ the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, the Associated Press reported

Imran Khan, the star cricket player turned politician, led a march last week to protest the drone strikes.

The strike occurred just hours after a bombing in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan that killed 10 people and injured 24 others at a crowded market, according to CBS News. Another roadside bomb detonated in the region as well, killing 3. 

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