Peshawar (June 13, 2017): A drone strike has killed a commander of the deadly Haqqani network in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district, security sources said Tuesday.
According to the details, senior commander of the Haqqani network was among two others reported to have been killed in a drone strike in Spin Thall, an area bordering Hangu district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Orakzai and North Waziristan agencies, on early Tuesday morning.The drone strike “completely destroyed” the suspected militant’s house, security sources said.
Local residents said the drone was strafing above the area for a while, before it destroyed the targeted compound. The area is such that it borders Orakzai, Kurram and North Waziristan Agencies.
The authorities in Hangu and the Orakzai political administration found three bodies in the debris. However, they denied that the strike took place in their jurisdiction or a settled district.
The drone attack comes days after Afghan security officials accused the Haqqani network was being behind the suicide truck bombing in Kabul on May 31 that killed at least 150 people. The allegation was strongly rejected by the Pakistan government at all levels.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry had said earlier this month that the Haqqani network has moved to Afghanistan and Afghan officials should focus on tackling them within their territory instead of blaming Pakistan,
The Haqqani network was founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and is now being run by his son Sirajuddin. The group has been blamed for some of the most heinous attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012.