MIRANSHAH: US drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan’s unruly tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 15 suspected militants, including two senior commanders of the Pakistani Taliban, security and intelligence officials said.
In the first strike, Pakistani warlord Maulvi Nazir’s loyalists, two of them commanders, were attacked in the remote Drey Nishtar area of South Waziristan along the Afghan border, part of the semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt that Washington considers a global hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants. A total of eight suspected militants were killed in the attack.
Maulvi Nazir, one of the most influential militant leaders in the region, leads his own faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
“The target of the attack was fighters of commander Maulvi Nazir. A total of eight fighters were killed in this attack,” one Pakistani official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Security officials said US drones fired up to four missiles into a vehicle travelling through the far-flung and mountainous area.