1863 killed in 184 US drone attacks
PESHAWAR: As reported by The News on Monday, around 1,863 people have been killed so far in 184 attacks by the US drones in Pakistani territory since June 18, 2004, sources disclosed.
There has been an unprecedented surge in the drone attacks during the current year.
A total of 749 people have been killed in 89 attacks during 2010. The month of September witnessed the maximum number of attacks, i.e. 16 followed by 11 drone attacks in January.
Nine attacks have been reported during the current month until October 20th in which a number of innocent civilians, besides some militants, were killed.
The killing of innocent tribesmen triggered widespread anger among the countrymen but the drone attacks have continued.
Only once the drones hit a target in the settled areas in Bannu district’s Janikhel area on March 15 last year in which four persons were killed.
Most of the attacks were carried out in North and South Waziristan. Multiple missiles were fired from one or more drones in these attacks.
Statistics show a total of 53 drone attacks were carried out in Pakistan by the unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) of US during the last year killing 709 people, mostly innocent tribesmen including women and children.
The number of attacks remained 33 in 2008, killing 296 people while 74 people were killed in four such attacks in 2007, 23 in two attacks in 2006, seven in two attacks in 2005 and five in one attack in 2004.
The first top casualty in drone attacks was Nek Mohammad Wazir, a commander of the Pakistani Taliban. He was killed in an attack in Wana on June 18, 2004. An al-Qaeda figure Abu Hamza Rabia was reportedly killed in one such attack on November 30, 2005 in Miran Shah.