TTP commander among 17 dead in drone strikes
MIRANSHAH (Pajhwok): Two US drone strikes in the militancy-plagued North Waziristan agency and southeastern Khost province left ten 17 rebels, including outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, dead on Sunday, media reports and a statement said.
Pakistani leading news channel, Geo News while quoting sources reported that unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at the compound of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, killing the TTP commander and nine others in Lwarra Mandi of Shawal area.
If the killing of Gul Bahadur was confirmed then it would be a biggest blow to the TTP in recent months. It is said that several other rebels were injured in the strike. After the attack, drones continued to fly in the area, which sent fears among residents.
It merits mention that the rugged Shawal valley lies on the border of Pakistan's two restive North and South Waziristan tribal regions that bordering Afghanistan.
North Waziristan is rife with insurgents and said to be the stronghold of Taliban, al-Qaeda operatives and other militants.
Separately, in another strike in southeastern Khost province, the drone targeted a car in the Spiri district, leaving seven militants of the dreaded Haqani Network dead, a statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Sunday.
But Mubariz Zadran, the governor spokesman, did not confirm the drone attack and said that drone strike took place Saturday evening at the Gayan district of Paktika province that resulted in the killing of 18 rebels.
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