Suspected US drone strike kills at least three in Pakistan

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

Officials privy to the meeting said the Pakistani side maintained that terrorists were the common enemies of both countries and they should jointly take action against them.

A suspected us drone strike targeted a house used by militants and killed three people in north-western Pakistan, an official in the region said on Friday. Wazir is the political agent and the most senior administrator in the Kurram Agency region in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.

He said the "U.S. must comply with worldwide law when it comes to the use of lethal force and any potentially unlawful strikes should be independently investigated".

Observers predicted an increase in U.S. drone attacks inside Pakistan when Trump came into power, but since January there have only been a few.

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The aircraft fired two missiles at the hideout of Taliban commander Maulvi Mohib who was among the killed.

Maulana Samiul Haq, known as "Father of Taliban", chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, said the Taliban has pledged to stand by the government of Pakistan in case of any aggressive design pursued by the United States against the country. The Trump administration in August infuriated Pakistan when it accused Islamabad of providing extremists safe haven and threatened to withhold military aid.

During the last high-profile attack in May 2016, a U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan. "It was not clear how those religious leaders are different from the Afghan Taliban", the Dawn said.

Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of sovereignty, while the USA accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.

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