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Top Haqqani member among 3 dead in drone strike

Top Haqqani member among 3 dead in drone strike

Oct 13, 2011 - 11:51

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Three people were killed in a CIA-operated drone strike in Pakistaninfo-icon's tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, an official said on Thursday.

The drone fired missiles on Wednesday night at a compound, killing three people and injuring two others in the Dandi Darpakhel area of the tribal region, a local official, Tasleem Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

However, some media outlets, quoting Pakistani officials, reported that a high-ranking Haqqani member identified as Jalil, working as a “coordinator” for the group, was killed along with two other fighters in the missile attack.

A local reporter, Malak Mumtaaz, said pilotless aircrafts were hovering over the area, causing panic among the public.

Since the beginning of 2011, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has carried out 44 drone attacks in Waziristan, killing dozens of militants and civilians. The drone attack comes as Marc Grossman, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan is on his visit to Islamabad.



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