2009 Makin airstrike

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2009 Makin airstrike
Location Makin, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Date 23 June 2009
Deaths about 60
Victims Funeral attendees
Perpetrators  United States

23 June 2009 Makin airstrike was an attack launched by United States drones on a funeral procession in the city of Makin in South Waziristan, Pakistan.[1] The attack targeted a funeral procession of militants killed earlier in the day in a prior similar strike by drones.[2] About 60 people were reported killed in what is considered perhaps the deadliest strike since the drone attacks started.[1] Other sources claimed up to 83 people were dead.[3] There were reports that Baitullah Mehsud was in the area but escaped unhurt while his deputy Qari Hussain was killed, although this has been disputed.[4][5][6] Hussain later phoned reporters to prove he was still alive.[7] The drones fired missiles when Sangeen Khan, an Afghan commander belonging to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, was holding a meeting soon after the funeral of an associate of Baitullah Mehsud.[8][9]

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