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Pakistan drone attacks kill Germans in response to Europe terror plot

Up to eight German nationals were killed in Pakistan late Monday as part of a surge in US drone attacks believed to be in response to a Europe terror plot.

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Security has been tightened across Europe after information was reportedly supplied by an Afghanistan-born German militant, Ahmad Siddiqi, to his US interrogators about terror plots in London, Paris, Berlin, and other cities.

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Retired Brigadier Mehmood Shah, a former security chief for Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), believes there are currently some 15 to 20 German nationals, mainly of Turkish origin, hiding in the area based on information given to officials by a captured 27-year-old German national identified as Rami Mackenzie, who was arrested while disguised in a Burqa in June. According to the German Federal Criminal Police Office, as many as 220 people have traveled from Germany to Pakistan and Afghanistan for militant training and as many as 70 are believed to have received it.

Though he acknowledges the presence of foreign militants, Mr. Shah, like many others here, believes the drone attacks “should be stopped” as they enrage the Pakistani public, particularly those living in the Tribal Areas.

“Whatever Pakistan has to do, should be done on its own timeline. That’s the major issue as it’s complicating matters rather than solving them,” he says, adding that the German government should take greater responsibility for its own citizens.

According to a recent poll conducted by the New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow, almost “nine out of every ten people in FATA oppose the US military pursuing Al Qaeda and the Taliban in their region,” while 70 percent of residents would prefer that the Pakistani military take on the militants alone.

But according to Mr. Gul, the analyst and author, Pakistan’s sovereignty is being violated foremost by foreign militants. “To those who say the Americans should not do this, I would argue that Pakistan’s sovereignty is being violated by the foreigners who are unwanted in their own countries and hiding here. They are becoming a source of irritation and conflict between Pakistan and the United States.”