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US drone strike kills 9 Taliban fighters: Afghan official

Taliban fighters from Pak and Afg frequently cross the borders to attack local troops and NATO forces.

Provincial police chief Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said on Sunday that the strike happened on Saturday in Kunar province's Shigal District. (Source: Reuters photo) Provincial police chief Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said the strike happened on Saturday in Kunar province’s Shigal District. (Source: Reuters photo)

An Afghan official says a suspected US drone strike has killed nine alleged Pakistani Taliban fighters in a rural village near the border.

Provincial police chief Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said on Sunday that the strike happened on Saturday in Kunar province’s Shigal District.

He says the strike on the village of Shiltan killed a senior Pakistani Taliban commander and wounded one.

The Taliban had no immediate comment about the strike. Taliban fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan frequently cross the mountainous borders of the two countries to launch attacks on local troops and NATO forces.

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In Laghman province, two suspected US drone strikes recently killed four Taliban fighters as well. NATO forces plan to wind down their combat mission in the country at the end of this month.

First published on: 07-12-2014 at 14:38 IST
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