A drone strike in Afghanistan’s border Paktiya province killed at least 18 fighters of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Monday.
Afghan officials confirmed the Pakistani Taliban were killed in the latest strike by an unmanned aircraft in the Pak-Afghan border areas.
Pakistan's first indigenous armed drone kills 3 militants in Shawal: ISPR
Nabiullah Peerkhel, the Paktika governor’s spokesman, told Mashaal Radio the militants were heading to the border region in Afghanistan when the drones rained down missiles on them in Gomal district.
While the exact identity of the militants killed could not be determined, reports from Wana, South Waziristan suggested that 14 men were from the Mehsud tribe and four from the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe.
Officials, requesting not to be named, confirmed the report, saying a number of bodies have been shifted and buried in villages scattered near the border areas. The compound of TTP militants headed by Said Khan Sajna is located just across the border in the Beermal area connecting Waziristan with Paktiya province.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2016.