Drone Strike on Pak Madrassa Kills Eight Including 5 Students

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drone1ATTACK COMES A DAY AFTER WASHINGTON’S ASSURANCE  THAT IT

WILL SUSPEND ATTACKS DURING PEACE TALKS WITH TALIBAN 

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 — At least eight people were killed and five injured as the US drones fired missiles at a seminary in Pakistan’s Hangu district Thursday morning, local media reported. Those killed in the attack included three teachers and five pupils of the seminary. 

The drone strikes happened at around 5:00 am local time and targeted a religious school “Madrassa Dar-ul-Uloom”, located in Hangu district’s Thall area, a main district in the country’s Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province, Xinhua reported.

Many students were inside the seminary at the time of the strike. The school was leveled to ground following the attack. Several students are feared to be buried under the rubble, said media reports.  The teachers were identified as Abdul Rehman, Maulvi Ahmed Jan and Mufti Hamidullah Haqqanni.

The drones launched four missile strikes and continued to hover over the missile-hit-area, causing tension among the tribal people.

This was the first drone strike after Nov 1, when Taliban chief Hakimulla Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike, which affected the peace-talks between Taliban and Pakistani government.

The attack on Thursday came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz told Senate body that the US has assured Pakistan of not launching any drone strikes during the peace talks with the Taliban.

Meanwhile in another incident, five persons including two policemen were killed in a blast that occurred in Satellite Town area of Quetta on Thursday morning, Geo News reported.

According to the rescue sources, a blast occurred in Satellite Town area today morning that killed five persons including two cops. A Frontier Corps vehicle was destroyed in the explosion while the nearby buildings were also damaged.

The sources further told that gun shots were also heard after the blast. The dead bodies were shifted to the hospital for medico-legal formalities.

The security forces cordoned off the area and initiated investigation.–Agencies

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