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Mautullah Jan









Place of origin

Machi Khel

Reported status

Reported civilian

Case study

Mautullah Jan had been in a wheelchair for about 10 years.

He was the uncle of Sadaullah Wazir, a 15-year-old student who later lodged a legal complaint over the strike. Mataullah, Sadaullah and other male relatives had gathered at the house of Sadaullah’s grandfather to celebrate Iftar, the breaking of Ramadan fast. The hujra (men’s social room) was crowded with family members.

After eating evening snacks they moved into the courtyard for evening prayers. They were returning to the main room of the house to continue their meal when a drone attacked.

Sources and Citations

Sadaullah Wazir’s witness testimony presented by Shahzad Akhbar to the Human Rights Council as part of a complaint about US killing of civilians (Reprieve).


Died 07/09/2009

Details of the strike

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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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