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Drone strikes

More than 350 drone strikes have hit the tribal regions of north west Pakistan since 2004. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been recording these strikes using credible media reports, field investigations, legal documents and academic and NGO research.

Here is a list of all known drone strikes in Pakistan. The data can be searched by year and by month. Each entry records the area the strike hit and the date. To find out who died in each attack click on the relevant strike. This will take you to a full page recording everything understood about the people that were killed. In many strikes there is nothing reported about anybody killed. Over time we aim to build on the little information known about those dying. For more information please see our methodology.

Drone strikes in Pakistan

  • North Waziristan

    The first drone strike to hit on Christmas day recorded by the Bureau killed at least three people – allegedly Afghan militants.... More

  • North Waziristan

    CIA drones destroyed a house near the agency capital Miranshah less than a day after politicians reportedly outed the CIA station chief in Islamabad.... More

  • Hangu District, KPK

    CIA drones attacked a madrassa in Hangu district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killing at least six people.... More

  • North Waziristan

    The US killed one of the most senior militants in Pakistan along with at least four more people.... More

  • North Waziristan

    Drones hit a house and car in or near Miranshah bazaar in the first strike in 31 days.... More

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About the project

CIA drone strikes have killed over 2,500 people in Pakistan; many are described as militants, but some are civilians. This is a record of those who have died in these attacks.

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