Skip to comments.Pakistan drone attack 'kills' top militants (South Waziristan)
Posted on 10/27/2011 9:04:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
A US drone strike in north-west Pakistan has killed two top commanders of one of Pakistan's most influential Taliban groups, officials say.
They say that among the four people killed is the brother of top Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir.
Maulvi Nazir's Taliban faction is based in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region where the drone attack on Thursday took place.
His forces are blamed for attacks on Nato troops in nearby Afghanistan.
The militants were killed when four missiles were fired at a pick-up truck they were driving in Azam Warsak, 20km (13 miles) west of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.
Correspondents say that the strike is a sign that US intelligence has penetrated the close family circle of Maulvi Nazir. 'Central role'
Officials say that local Taliban militants immediately cordoned off the area and closed the road in the aftermath of the attack.
The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that the Wana region is controlled by militants loyal to Maulvi Nazir.
Officials say one of his top commanders, Khan Mohammad, was also killed in Thursday's strike, as was his brother, Hazrat Omar.
Our correspondent says that Maulvi Nazir is considered close to the Pakistani military and has a peace agreement with them.
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These drones must be pretty dang selective ... you never see where they take out a buck private or a cook, it’s always the number 2 or 3 guy or some commander.
Maulvi Nazir is considered close to the Pakistani military and has a peace agreement with them.................................................. has? Had! I have a feeling there may not be a renewal of the agreement.
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