US drone kills Haqqani network commander

US drone strikes kill at least 10 militants, including prominent commander, all belonging to Haqqani network, Afghan officials say

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Drone strikes killed at least ten militants from powerful Haqqani group, including a prominent commander, during a series of attacks by the US military, Afghan officials said on Thursday.

The drone strikes hit the militant hideouts in central Maidan Wardak Province on Thursday, according to the media office for the governor.

"At least 10 Haqqani network militants including a dreaded commander were killed following a U.S. drone strike in Jalriz district early Thursday morning," a statement from the office said.

The strikes came after an attack in the same area that killed 27 police officers two weeks ago. Pro-Taliban The Haqqani network has been accused for this deadly incident.

According to Afghan officials, at least 150 fighters from different militant groups were killed by drone strikes, since early July, mostly in the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

The US forces have been carrying out air raids against militants in Afghanistan as the country has witnessed rising levels of violence since NATO forces withdrew from the country in December 2014. The UN says 2014 was the most violent year yet since US forces invaded the country in 2001.

TRTWorld and agencies