Pak: Five top Taliban militants killed in drone attack

Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 23:10

Islamabad: Five senior Taliban militants,
including a brother and another relative of commander Mullah
Nazir, were on Thursday killed in a US drone strike in the restive
South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.

The CIA-operated spy plane fired two missiles at a pick-up
truck in Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency, TV news
channels quoted officials as saying.

The channels quoted officials as saying that five senior
militants, including Nazir`s younger brother Omar Wazir, were
killed in the strike.

Another close relative of Nazir was also killed and
several militants were injured in the attack.

The missile strike was the latest in a series of such
attacks that has coincided with stepped up US pressure on
Pakistan to crack down on militant groups like the Haqqani
network in the volatile Waziristan region to facilitate the
endgame in Afghanistan.

Nazir`s Taliban faction carries out cross-border attacks
in Afghanistan from its bases in South Waziristan Agency.
The group finalised a peace deal with the Pakistani
military in 2007 and has links with the Haqqani network.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:20

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