March 17th, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Drone strikes kill 5 suspected militants in Pakistan

 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan  - Back-to-back drone strikes in Pakistan's northwest tribal region on Wednesday morning killed five suspected militants, officials said.

The first attack drones fired five missiles at two vehicles in Hamzoni, a village eight miles (15 km) west of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, a local government official and an intelligence official said. Three suspected militants were killed and three others were injured.

About 30 minutes later, a second drone fired at least two missiles at a vehicle in Datakhel, another village in North Waziristan, the officials said. Two suspected militants were killed. The officials requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Wednesday's drone attacks were the second and third in 24 hours, they said.

North Waziristan is one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border. The United States is the only country in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

U.S. officials normally do not comment on drone strikes, which have caused tension between Pakistan and the United States in the past.

There have been 20 drone strikes this year in Pakistan's tribal region, according to a CNN count. All the strikes have targeted locations in North Waziristan or its border area with South Waziristan.

- Journalists Nasir Dawar and Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

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  1. Daniel

    For Mr Ed,you obviously think very little of Jesus or anything he taught.I bet you even consider him no better than Mohammed,but again,you have a right to your opinion.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james

    Uh, hey Ron. "lots of theirs, not alot of ours" and your point is?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr Ed

    Daniel (1) These drones are not doing a good job, they are doing a fantastic job, getting rid of these extremist pieces of crap. More the power to them. I also pondered what Jesus would think, ....... UHH, is that a drone over there?, they aren't supposed to be invented for another 1990 years.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Sorry Daniel, you may be very religious and peaceful but these Islamic radicals are not and if it takes drones to kill them then so be it! These people are anti-Christian and need to be dealt with and I am sure that Jesus would agree! They should not be allowed to continue in their fight against our Christian nation or for that matter any nation with western values of freedom and democracy!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ron silva

    the difference between the americans and the russians are the drones.all you here about are the bombers,but no head to head battles.there are a few conflicts going on but look at the body count.lots of theirs,not alot of ours

    March 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Only 20 drone attacks this year? We need to pick it up a bit if we are going to kill high value targets in Pakistan! We should be using drones every day to stop these Islamic radicals! They should not even have a chance to sleep if they continue their attacks on Pakistan or Afghanistan security forces!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    I have a horrible suspicion we're going to hear a lot more sickening bravado about what a "good job" those horrific drones are doing.We call ourselves a Christian nation,did anybody ponder over what Jesus would think?I suppose not!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |