US air strike kills at least four Taliban in Pakistan

Pakistan say US drone strike kills at least four Taliban in Shawal Valley in mountainous North Waziristan region

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Pakistani officials said a United States drone strike killed at least four in northwestern Shawal region on Saturday, as Pakistan started an offensive this week against the Taliban to try to push them from the North Waziristan region.

A government official said on Thursday that Pakistan was making preparations for an anti-Taliban offensive to clear the North Waziristan, a stronghold area for the group which is controlled by Khan "Sajna" Said, whose name was added to the US "specially designated global terrorists" last year.

"According to internal conversations of the militants, members of the Punjabi Taliban and foreign militants believed to be Arabs were killed in the drone strike," said a security official in the mountainous region of North Waziristan.

The officials avoided giving an exact number for the militant casualties, but said four to seven were killed after the drone fired two missiles, hitting a compound in the Shawal Valley.

In early hours of Friday, Pakistani army officials announced 15 Taliban fighters were killed after army jets bombed the Shawal Valley in the country’s mountainous North Waziristan.

A government official said the army’s far-reaching operation against the Taliban fighters in the area is carried out carefully in order to minimise casualties.

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