Security and Crime
5 killed in South Waziristan drone strikeBy Wasim Yousufzai Aug 1, 2011 - 15:18
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five suspected militants were killed when their vehicle was struck by a pilotless US drone in Pakistan's lawless tribal region of South Waziristan on Monday, an official said.
Five local Taliban were killed in the missile strike in the Barmal area, near the Afghanistan border, a Wana-based political administration official, Shoaib Wazir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Two missiles were fired at the vehicle that was completely destroyed and five of its occupants killed, the official said.
Haji Abdul Wahab Dawar, an elder from Barmal, said two houses were damaged by the missile assault that happened around noon. He feared the death toll could go up.
Another resident, Riaz Gul, alleged the dead were civilians, with no links to the Taliban. The drones continued to fly over the area for quite some time after the strike, he said.