Five top Taliban chiefs killed in drone strike

US dronePESHAWAR: At least five senior commanders of Molvi Nazir group including his younger brother were reportedly killed when missiles fired from a US drone hit a vehicle in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday.

Molvi Nazir is an influential Taliban leader in South Waziristan and his group is accused of attacking foreign troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.Around six missiles were fired from the unmanned aircraft at a moving vehicle at around 10am in Toragola area of tehsil Barmal of South Waziristan.

The strike killed all five occupants, reportedly including a younger brother, Hazrat Omar, of Molvi Nazir and his cousin named Khan Syed Muhammad. The other three killed were identified as Miraj Wazir, Ashfaq Wazir and Commander Khan Muhammad.

The sources said the vehicle that was completely destroyed in the attack was heading to Azam Warsak area from nearby village of Tora Gola. They said that it was confirmed that Nazir’s younger brother, Hazrat Omar Wazir, has been killed.They also confirmed the killing of commander Khan Muhammad, who was also known as Sathai and acted as a deputy to Maulvi Nazir.Islamabad has time and again asked the US administration to stop drones attacks in Pakistani tribal areas as it fuel public anger against the US.

AFP adds: A second US drone strike on Thursday killed at least four ‘militants’ in North Waziristan, security officials said.The unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting a house in Hisokhel village, some 30 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan Agency.

“A US drone fired four missiles. At least four militants were killed,” a security official said of the second attack. The identities of the militants killed in the second attack were yet not immediately known, he said. Another security official confirmed the attack and casualties. – Nation