Drone kills TTP's suicide wing chief
[Dawn] A cousin of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among nine suspected gunnies killed when US drones attacked compounds in the Bobar area of South Wazoo on Sunday.

According to sources, the drones fired 10 missiles, destroying three compounds in the area close to the Frontier Regions of Tank and Lakki Marwat.

One of the destroyed compounds belonged to Punjabi Taliban leader Qari Imran
... the Qari Imran training camp is located in South Wazoo. It is named after its commander, Qari Imran alias Hakeem Nasir of the Mehsud group. Dawn describes Qari as an al-Qaeda controller, and the camp specializes in turning out boomers. 10 to 15 bad boyz were dronezapped at the camp on September 11th, 2008...
They said the dead included Wali Mohammad Toofan, a cousin of and close aide to Hakimullah Mehsud. Toofan had been recently elevated to head TTP's 'Fidai wing' after its leader Qari Hussain died in a drone strike in Mirali, North Waziristan.

Another victim of Sunday's drone strike was identified as Sailab.

Most of those killed belonged to the Mehsud tribe.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
security forces resorted to intense mortar shelling on suspected hard boy positions in Sheen Nari, near Bobar.
Helicopter gunships also shelled the locality between 9am and 3pm, the sources said.

AFP adds: A security official in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, the main town in North Waziristan, said "at least 12 gunnies have been killed and several others were maimed" in the attack that took place near the Afghan border.

Local people said that gunnies had cordoned off the area and were looking for bodies or the injured in the debris.US drone strikes had last week killed Mullah Nazir, the main hard boy 'commander' in South Waziristan.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-08