Rogue U.S. drone malfunctions kills five in Pakistan
Tue Sep 30, 5:20 PM ET
Kabul, Afghanistan, US Officials report that a US drone malfunctioned Tuesday evening, flying off course into Pakistan and performing an unauthorized attack which resulted in the deaths of five terrorists. Officials refuse to speculate on the reasons why this may have occurred but adamantly deny that the drones are "stretched too thin and on overload."Frustrated by an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, rogue U.S. drones have in the past month carried out six missile strikes on the Pakistani side of the border.
In the latest attack, a drone malfunctioned, flew into Pakistan and fired two missiles at a house near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, at about midnight Tuesday (1800 GMT), two intelligence agency officials said.
The area is a known sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants near the Afghan border.
"We have reports of five dead including foreign militants," said one of the officers, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
He also said that a shortage of US software engineers was making it difficult to properly service the US drone fleet in South Asia. Officials add that recent attacks in the Khyber Pass have made it difficult to bring software technicians into Afghanistan.