United States drone strike kills 7 in Pakistani tribal area

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The officials Friday said the strike took place a day earlier in the border village of Gorwak in North Waziristan, once a stronghold of local and foreign militants until the military cleared them out.

Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Monday that a recent USA drone strike has eliminated its senior commander Khan Said Sajna. Pakistan denies any links to the spate of recent attacks in the Afghan capital and maintains no Taliban sanctuaries are present on its side of the border.

The militant group has not yet commented on the reported deaths.

Spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement sent to the local media that Sajna, deputy chief of the group, was killed in the us drone attack in North Waziristan tribal region on February 8.

It is extremely rare for US authorities to comment on CIA-run drone operations in Pakistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump in August unveiled his new strategy for the South Asia region, under which Washington has deployed 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan to train, advise, and assist local security forces, and to carry out counterterrorism missions.

Wali, like his predecessor, would lead militants in South Waziristan, a rugged mountainous region on the Afghan border which has always been home to Pakistani, Afghan and al Qaeda-linked foreign militants.

Pakistani authorities suspect Sajna played a role in planning major terrorist attacks in the country and was instrumental in a jailbreak in 2012 in the northwestern town of Bannu that freed about 400 inmates, including militants. The Afghan government alleged the violence was plotted in Pakistan.