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US drone crashes in Waziristan: Officials

Posted by: AFP, Uploaded: 18th September 2011

An unmanned US drone crashed in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district on Sunday, Pakistan security officials said.

The drone crashed in South Waziristan, part of the lawless tribal belt that Washington calls a global headquarters of al Qaeda, the officials told AFP.

“The American drone crashed in Zangara village of South Waziristan, apparently because of some technical faults,” a security official in Peshawar said.

Zangara is 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan.

Two intelligence officials in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, confirmed the incident. It was an armed Predator drone, they said.

The United States uses unmanned surveillance aircraft in its war against the Taliban in Afghanistan to monitor militants in Pakistan, from where al Qaeda and Taliban-linked fighters launch attacks in Afghanistan.

It also uses Predator armed drones to launch missile attacks aimed at militants in Pakistan’s unstable northwestern border areas.

US drone crashes are very rare in Pakistan, but a surveillance drone equipped with a camera crashed in southwestern Pakistan on August 25.

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Story first published: 18th September 2011






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