Briton among 18 killed in Paktiya drone strike

The drone had targeted a convoy of militants in the Gomal district killing at least 18 fighters


Our Correspondent February 03, 2016
PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR:


A British national was reportedly amongst the militants killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s border Paktiya province on Monday evening.


The drone had targeted a convoy of militants in the Gomal district killing at least 18 fighters. Fresh reports from the region on Wednesday suggested that the toll had jumped to 19.

While the names of the dead have not been determined, one of the dead was believed to be a Briton. At least 14 of the men killed are believed to hail from the Mehsud tribe, while four hail from the Ahmadzai Wazir Tribe of South Waziristan Agency.

The British national is believed to have been an engineer by profession and had joined militants in Afghanistan around six months ago.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported on Wednesday that of the 60 people killed in 13 strikes in Pakistan during 2015, only 10 had been identified, named either by the US government or by militants.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2016.

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