7 militants killed in US drone attack in NWA

Two militants killed in US drone strike in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH: At least seven militants were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday.
According to reports, the drone attack was carried in Lwara Mandi area of Dattakhel teshil of North Waziristan Agency. The reports said that eight TTP militants including commander Abdur Rehman Sadgai were killed in the attack.
If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would only be the second drone attack inside the nuclear-armed nation since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January.
Abdullah Wazirstani, spokesman for North Waziristan Taliban, a group linked to the Pakistani Taliban, said the strike killed three civilian “labourers” and seven militants from the Pakistani Taliban, which is also known as TTP.
Malik Waheedullah, a local tribal leader, told Reuters he saw two missiles strike a mountain home which caught fire. “I drove away as fast as I could,” he said.
One Pakistani intelligence official and government source said they believed the strike to be a U.S. drone attack.
U.S. officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
North Waziristan was a Taliban stronghold until 2014, when Pakistan’s military launched a major offensive against the group and pushed many of its fighters across the border into Afghanistan.
Sources from the TTP identified one of the dead militants as Abdur Rahman, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban.
U.S. drone attacks inside Pakistan have become rare over the past few years. In its last high-profile attack inside Pakistan, the United States last May killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.– Agencies


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