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Revealed: US drone attack in Pakistan killed German ‘security contact’

Published time: January 13, 2014 17:12
Edited time: January 13, 2014 17:49
The Triton unmanned aircraft system.(Reuters / Bob Brown)

The Triton unmanned aircraft system.(Reuters / Bob Brown)

A German national died in a US drone strike in Pakistan, a report revealed on Monday. The 27-year-old convert to Islam claimed to have close links with German authorities and even to be in contact with security officials.

The strike occurred on February 16, 2012, some 35 km south of the Pakistani town of Mir Ali, which itself is about 30 kilometers south east of the Afghan border.

However, it is only now that details have begun to emerge. The man in question has been identified as Patrick K., from Hesse, central Germany, according to the German paper, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the NDR broadcaster.

An entry at a jihadist forum, which also produced video evidence of his death, stated the man's full name was Patrick Klaus. Two separate German-language video messages (Part one; Part two) posted by German Islamists show Klaus smiling at the camera as he calls on his compatriots with the same beliefs to: "Follow me".

The German national apparently switched to Islam at the age of 14, reports Die Welt. In 2011, he moved to Waziristan, a mountainous region near Afghanistan’s border back in 2011 to live with his wife, who is thought to be a Pakistani national.

The reports state that at the time of the strike Patrick K. had been travelling in a pick-up truck alongside several Uzbek fighters. They were heading in the direction of South Waziristan when a MQ-1 Predator drone missile hit the vehicle. Nine others died alongside Patrick K., and the vehicle itself was left completely burnt out.

“He says that he was in close contact with an official from the BKA [Federal Criminal Police Office] in Hesse, who allegedly recruited him successfully,” claims the SZ paper, a link to which can be found in German.

It is also thought that an official from the domestic intelligence agency – the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – had made efforts to communicate with him.

Patrick Klaus

Patrick K. had previously been arrested in Bonn in 2011, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, in the run-up to the Social Democrat’s German Festival to celebrate 150 years of the party’s existence. Security services were on high alert and feared a possible attack. However, suspicions about him were quickly dispelled and the possibility of an attack was dismissed.

Patrick K. travelled to Pakistan a few days afterwards, according to the paper, and subsequently lost contact with the officials that he had allegedly been in contact with. Whilst in Pakistan, he was in contact with the notorious Chouka brothers – Yassin and Mounir Chouka – two German militants of Moroccan descent, who are part of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, deemed a terrorist organization by the UK, US and Russia.

At the time of the 2012 attack’s occurrence, there had been over 260 US drone strikes in the previous eight years. A week prior to the strike, several senior leaders were also killed in an attack in North Waziristan. The area is known for high militant activity, and the US government deems the strikes a necessary and carefully considered part of the struggle against militant groups in its "War against Terror" operation.

Pakistan has repeatedly condemned US drone strikes in the country, with a high court ruling in May last year that strikes in the tribal belt should be considered war crimes. Demonstrations against strikes have also taken place, with a former cricket star-turned politician, Imran Khan, leading a road block demonstration in November against the practice, of which he is a harsh critic.

Comments (12)

 

Muslim 07.04.2014 20:25

The jewish and Christian Zionist world order are ruling the world like the Pharao of Egypt who chased Moses through the red sea. They are killing the believers- baby's, children, woman and the elderly-Just like Pharao did. They think that they are Gods (blasphemy) - just Like Pharao did. The Zionist say, if we let the Muslims free and independed , our way of life is at risk- just Like Pharao did when Moses and Haroun( peace upon them both) came to Pharao too free the children of israel. I say to the zionist , you will be defeated- just like Pharao, you will be crushed soon.

 

amil 14.01.2014 14:39

Kenny 14.01.2014 04:40

It's getting easy killing these Muslim terrorist...... Stop Saudi arabi the terrorist Capitial of the world from supporting terror.

  


sa udi kings have nothing to do with islam. they rascals are promoting thier kingism under the name of islam

 

amil 14.01.2014 14:37

it is a mere dream to finish terrroism unless and until cradle of terrorism is digging out? what is cradle of al-quaida? of course saudi kingdom and all-saud rule over sacred muslim cities. by which they rascals (saudi kings) betray muslim youth for their mal designs to keep hold king ism,.

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