Drone hits Taliban leader's burial ceremony, 34 killed
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A drone targeted the burial ceremony for a slain Taliban commander on Friday afternoon in southeastern Khost province, killing 34 militants, officials said.
The incident took place at around 1:30pm two kilometres from the Durand Line in Bati Thanai area of the Alisher district, the deputy governor said.
Abdul Wahid Patan said the Taliban commander had been killed a day earlier in artillery fire by security forces.
Militants arrived in four pick up vehicles in the area where they had dug up a grave for their slain commander. After offering his funeral prayers, the militants were burying the dead commander when a drone hit them, the official said.
Patan said there were no civilians among the dead as there were no civilian homes in the area where the drone strike took place. The dead bodies of the militants were still lying in the area and their vehicles had torched.
The slain commander was said to be affiliated with the group of a Taliban commander Momin Kuchi, but his name could not be ascertained.
A security official in the area, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he collected the remains of 32 militants with his own hands. He said security officials were busy collecting the dead bodies.
The incident was confirmed by the border police commander in the southeast, Gen. Abdul Basir Khpalwak.
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