Pakistani Taliban leader 'killed'

Local media report that October 2 drone strike killed a senior commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban in North Waziristan.

    Pakistani media has reported that a senior military commander of the Pakistani Taliban was killed during a suspected US drone attack earlier this month.

    The GEO TV news channel on Friday cited intelligence officials as saying that Qari Hussain died after a US missile attack on October 2nd in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

    Hussain was reportedly an expert in preparing suicide jackets and training bombers to carry out attacks.

    Drone strikes are carried out in Pakistan's tribal areas on a near-daily basis as part of a covert US operation against Taliban fighters, although the United States never admits to carrying out specific attacks.

    A suspected US drone killed at least four people in the Mir Ali district of North Waziristan on Friday evening, according to Pakistan security officials, while a similar attack killed at least three others in the region earlier in the day.

    Security officials said a Taliban compound was the target of the attack in Mir Ali, while the morning strike hit suspected fighters in the village of Machi Khel.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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