Drone strike kills two in Kurram Agency

The missile struck two men riding a motorcycle

Reuters/Our Correspondent March 02, 2017
The missile struck two men riding a motorcycle. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PARACHINAR/ KURRAM AGENCY: A suspected missile-firing US drone killed two Afghan Taliban militants on Thursday in a village near the Afghan border,

It was the first in the nuclear-armed nation since US President Donald Trump took office in January.

Officials said a missile struck the two men while they were riding a motorcycle in the northwestern Kurram Agency.

"A drone missile struck the motorcycle," said village elder Haji Zamin Hussain.

The US military command in Afghanistan said its forces had not conducted any strikes in Pakistan.

A government official identified one of the men killed as Qari Abdullah Subari, a senior commander from the Afghan Taliban.

An intelligence source said the other man was also a Taliban member named Shakir.

In its last high-profile drone attack inside Pakistan, the United States in May killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

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Shah | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend No more FATA and no more territorial agencies; After Parliament approved merger with KPK, doing any drone or any other strike is then a violation of territorial rights and cross border attack on our soil.. Next time shoot it down; try to get one piece and strip it of all electronics for reverse engineering; No excuse or leniency on attacks on our soil;
Usman | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend This is big news and must be condemned. Also the western border needs to be patrolled regularly.
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