PESHAWAR: A US drone strike in the Tal area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district killed at least five people, including a senior member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, and injured another early on Thursday.
The drone fired three missiles targeting a seminary near Tandharo village, a few yards from Tehsil Tal’s main Tal bazaar, which lies within the settled areas of the province. The room targetted by the drone was destroyed in the strike leaving the remaining space of the seminary undamaged.
Those killed in the attack included three teachers of the seminary. The teachers were identified as Abdul Rehman, Maulvi Ahmed Jan and Mufti Hamidullah Haqqani.
Sources told Dawn.com that the clerics of the seminary were believed to be associated with the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that a source with Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security intelligence agency in Kabul said that Jan was an adviser to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the chief of the Haqqani network.
Separately, a Pakistani intelligence source told Reuters that Sirajuddin was spotted at the targeted seminary two days earlier.
Taliban sources also confirmed Jan’s death but the Haqqani network itself was not immediately available for comment.
District Police Officer (DPO) Iftikhar Ahmed said the strike had left five people dead, and another person injured. Other sources said the death toll had reached eight but the claims could not be verified. see more