Top militant Mullah Nazir killed in US drone strike

Islamabad: Top Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir and five others have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan, BBC reported today citing security officials.

Nazir and the others were killed when two missiles struck in the tribal district of South Waziristan, the officials added.

Nazir, who was wounded in a suicide bomb attack last November, had been accused of sending fighters to support the Afghan Taliban and fight foreign and pro-government troops.

According to reports, Mullah Nazir’s deputy, Ratta Khan, was also killed in the attack.

It was not clear if early Thursday’s drone strike had targeted a house or a car in Angoor Adda, near the capital of Wana, close to the Afghan border, BBC said.

Analysts say Mullah Nazir had formed an alliance with the government and opposed the Pakistani Taliban, with whom he was at odds since he advocated attacks on US forces in Afghanistan rather than Pakistani soldiers.

Earlier reports, which had not named Nazir, had put the casuslties between four and five.

IANS

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