KHYBER: At least 51 people were killed in three drone strikes in the Khyber Agency on Friday.
According to Express 24/7 correspondent Iftikhar Firdous, the first strike targeted the headquarters of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam called ‘Khushal Markaz’ near the area of Speen Drang. Thirty two people were killed in the attack. Sources said that a wanted militant commander Marjan Alias Fauji was killed along with his companions.
In the second strike that took place in the Nahqi area of Sipah in Tirah valley, 15 militants were killed when a drone fired missiles at a house. According to sources the killed militants belonged to Swat.
At least four more people were killed when a drone fired missiles on a building in the Sandana village.
US drone attacks in the tribal areas of the country have increased in the recent past. On Thursday, a US missile strike killed seven suspected militants in Khyber Agency. Local security officials said the attack was an apparent expansion of America’s drone campaign in the country.