A flurry of overnight drone strikes by US Predator drones has left at least 12 people dead and an unknown number of others wounded. The first strike hit a vehicle, and then a second strike targeted tribesmen who rushed to the scene to aid the wounded.
Not long after, a third strike was fired at a home near where the vehicle had been attacked. The identities of the slain are unknown, but Pakistani officials say at least seven were taken across the border to neighboring Afghanistan for burial.
Though officials used this to claim that the slain were “Afghan militants” the border around the tribal areas is largely invisible, and many tribemen cross back and forth at will, visiting relatives on either side of the porous border.