US Drone Strike Kills 3 Suspected Terrorists in Pakistan

Pauline Gross
September 17, 2017

US officials rarely acknowledge drone strikes on Pakistani soil, but if it is confirmed, Friday's attack would be the first since President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia about a month ago.

A hardline religious scholar from Pakistan has said that the Afghan Taliban would support Pakistan against any kind of foreign aggression, Pakistani media reported on Thursday.

A suspected USA drone strike targeted a house used by militants and killed three people in north-western Pakistan, an official in the region said on Friday.

USA drone attacks inside Pakistan started in 2004.

"The US drone fired two missiles, at least three fighters from the Afghan Taliban have been killed and two wounded", a senior government official in Kurram Agency told AFP.

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A Taliban commander confirmed that Mohib was part of the Afghan Taliban.

He has asked Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to appreciate the Afghan Taliban's announcement. Tribal sources described Mohib as a loyalist of the Haqqani terrorist network, an ally of the Taliban who are fighting US -led forces in Afghanistan.

In 2013, a United Nations human rights official said that the illegal USA drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty and shatter tribal structures in the country. "It's not in anyone's interest for Afghanistan to remain a sink hole of violence and a safe haven for extreme terrorism", he said.

During the last high-profile attack in May 2016, a U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan.

Other reports by GizPress

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