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U.S. drone attack kills 3 Taliban militants in Pakistan

U.S. drone attack kills 3 Taliban militants in Pakistan

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

A suspected United States drone killed on Friday three militants in an area near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, a senior provincial official said.

Officials said the strike took place in remote Ghuz Ghari village in Kurram agency, close to the Afghan border where at least five fighters from the Afghan Taliban had gathered.

No government spokesman was available for comment.

USA officials rarely acknowledge drone strikes on Pakistani soil, but if it is confirmed, Friday's attack would be the first since President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia about a month ago.

In his policy speech, Trump singled out Pakistan for providing a safe haven for terrorist groups.

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Pak afghan border was closed after two blasts on Friday, on the border in Khyber Agency.

The officials said apparently three local Afghan Taliban commanders, including Mullah Asmat and his nephew, were targeted but it was unclear whether they were present at the time.

Pakistan's political and military leaders rejected his claim. "We don't differentiate the Haqqani network and Taliban".

According to the officials, shortly after the strike residents saw suspected militants transporting slain and wounded persons to an undisclosed location.

Later, the report added, they sent a written statement to Maulana Haq, extending full support to Pakistan in case of an attack by the U.S. or India. Tribal sources described Mohib as a loyalist of the Haqqani terrorist network, an ally of the Taliban who are fighting USA -led forces in Afghanistan.

Drone strikes are highly unpopular among the Pakistani public as they kill militants and common people including women and kids without discrimination.