Drone attack in northwestern Pakistan kills 6
A suspected U.S. drone flew over Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan and dropped two missiles which killed 6 people and wounded nine on thursday. On Aug. 5th, South Wazirinstan was bombed in a similar fashion and killed Pakistani Taliban chief Baitulah Mehsud and the same area was targeted on Aug. 11th which killed eight people.
The missiles were fired at a compound in South Waziristan, a rugged, lawless region close to the Afghan border, said the two Pakistani officials on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media
There were conflicting claims as to the identities of the dead
Intelligence officials said that they they could be militants from Uzekistan.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq called the Associated Press soon after the attack and said that women and children were the only victims
The attacks seem to be in remote areas, where journalist were not allowed and also was under Taliban control.
In the past, both the government and Taliban have passed on information that was not true
The attack came two days after Rehman and another top commander, Hakimullah Mehsud, acknowledged Baitullah was dead, ending weeks of public denials. In the same telephone call to The Associated Press, they announced that Hakimullah was the new leader of the movement, while Rehman was in charge of South Waziristan.
Pakistan officials reported that Rehman and Hakimullah were fighting over who should be the next leader.
The missiles are fired from CIA-operated drones believed to be launched from Afghanistan or from secret bases inside Pakistan. They are reported to be piloted by operatives inside the United States.
Since last year 40 missile strikes were launched from the U.S. on al-Qaida and Taliban targets near the AFgan border. Killing several top commanders and civilians as well.
It has called on Washington to give the technology for such attacks to Islamabad because its military is capable of using the drones