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Sanaullah Jan









Place of origin

Mursi Khel

Reported status

Reported civilian

Civilian occupation

11th grade student, studying pre-engineering at Government Degree College Mir Ali

Case study

A student, Sanaullah Jan was killed with at least two others by a drone strike as they drove in a car from Miranshah to Mir Ali.

Jan was a grade 11 student at the Government Degree College Mir Ali, according to a complaint filed at the UN in Geneva about his death. He was studying high school subjects preparing him to study engineering. However broadcaster Al Jazeera reported he wanted to be a doctor.

His family and friends insisted he had no interest in the Taliban. He was on his way to Miranshah from Mir Ali with two friends when the drones attacked.

Their bodies were burnt too badly to recognise. But his ID card was recovered from the scene by his brother Khairullah Jan, a first-year student at the same college.

Video: Vocativ

Sources and Citations

Khairullah Jan’s testimony presented by Shahzad Akhbar to the Human Rights Council as part of a complaint about US killing of civilians (Reprieve); Bureau field investigation


Died 26/11/2010

Details of the strike

    Known Family

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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