by Florian Flade
On March 9 a US drone fired several missiles at a Pick-Up carrying about a dozen Taliban fighters and foreign militants near the village of Nishpa in South Waziristan. At least six suspected terrorits were killed in the attack – among them 26-year-old German national Samir H. from Aachen. German newspaper SPIEGEL revealed the news of Samir´s death after it had been kept secret for weeks.
The Islamist, born and raised in East Germany, had traveled to Pakistan in October 2009 with his wife and two children, and joined the “Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan” (IMU). In November 2009 Samir´s sister, at the age of 18, followed her older brother and made her way to the Waziristan tribal region.
Samir H., son of a Tunisian father and a German mother, is the second German citizen killed by a US drone strike within two years. Bünyamin E., a 20-year old from the city of Wuppertal, died in a similar attack in October 2010. His death caused German politicians as well as lawyers to protest the US policy of drone strike in Pakistan.