13 killed as US drone target Haqqani hideout in Pak
An American drone on Friday struck the suspected hideout of Afghan Taliban warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani in Pakistan’s north Waziristan, killing 13 militants, most of them from Afghanistan.world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 21:27 IST
An American drone on Friday struck the suspected hideout of Afghan Taliban warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani in Pakistan’s north Waziristan, killing 13 militants, most of them from Afghanistan.
In the pre-dawn strike, the predator drone targetted the house in Danday Darpakhel area of North Waziristan believed to be used by Sirajuddin. The house was razed to a rubble.
Witnesses said 13 bodies were pulled out of the rubble. Several of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition, TV channels reported.
There was no immediate information whether the strike had taken out Sirajuddin Haqqani, an Afghan warlord who operates on both sides of the border. But, three women were confirmed among those killed, reports said.
Indications that a high-value target could be involved came as militants surrounded the compound and were using tractors to extricate the bodies and the debris, local residents said.
Reports said most of the people living in the compound targeted by the drone belonged to Afghanistan. Five houses were demolished in the attack.
Danday Darpakhel is known to have hideouts belonging to the Haqqani network which is run by Sirajuddin. The same village was hit last October, in a strike that left 11 militants, mostly foreigners, dead.