Senior Taliban commander killed in Paktika drone strike

Saifullah and his two close associates were killed in the US drone strike

Our Correspondent December 23, 2018

PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban commander was killed in a United States drone strike in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Sources told The Express Tribune that Saifullah was killed in a drone strike targeting a hideout in Paktika province’s Barmal district. The commander’s two close associates were also killed in the attack.

On Saturday, at least four militants were killed in a drone strike in the western Farah province of Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported.

A statement by the Afghan Military said a vehicle, a PKM machine gun, a sniper rifle, and 3 Ak-47 rifles were destroyed in thedrone strike, carried out in the vicinity of Bakwa district.

Senior Taliban commander among 29 others killed in Helmand drone strike

Earlier this month, another senior Taliban commander and two of his deputy commanders were among 27 others killed in a joint operation by Afghan and US Special Forces at the Sargardan Chowk in Orgon Bazaar of Helmand province.

“Mullah Muhammad Rahim Akhand alias Maulvi Manan, who was in charge of Helmand province for the insurgent group, was killed along with 29 others by an air strike while he was meeting local commanders and fighters in the Nawzad district,” said Helmand Governor Mohammad Yasin Khan.



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