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    Rebel leaders, civilians dead in drone attack

    JALALABAD (PAN): Four Taliban commanders and two civilians were killed in a drone attack carried out by the international troops in eastern Nuristan province on Monday, officials said.

    The incident took place at around 12:30 pm in Want Waigal district, when the individuals were travelling on a passenger vehicle to the district centre, Governor Tamim Nuristani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Maulvi Abdul Qayum, an employee of education department in Paroon, the provincial capital and a young girl were also killed in the drone strike.

    He said the two victims were inside the vehicle when it came under attack.

    Police chief, Col. Ghulamullah Nuristani, identified the dead rebel commanders as Habibullah alias Dadullah, Mullah Yahiya Rakiti, Younus and Haroon.

    Besides confirming the assassination of the civilians, he said the slain commanders had powerful influence in the province.

    In a statement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office in the east confirmed the drone attack, but did not reveal further details.

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