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Monday Oct 16 2017

At least five killed in drone attack near Pak-Afghan border in Kurram: sources


PESHAWAR: At least five people were reported killed in a drone attack, which took place near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Kurram Agency, sources told Geo News Monday evening.

The strike targetted a house near the border in Kurram Agency- one of the seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas - following which five bodies were recovered from the rubble, according to local sources.

A militant commander was also reportedly killed in the drone attack.

However, it is yet to be ascertained whether the attack took place within the territorial limits of Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Prior to this, a suspected US drone strike on September 15 killed three and injured two in Kurram Agency, a political agent had said.

Kurram Agency Political Agent Baseer Khan Wazir had told the drone strike took place in Pakistani territory, six kilometres from the Afghan border.

Officials said the strike took place in remote Ghuz Ghari village in Kurram agency, close to the Afghan border where at least five fighters from the Afghan Taliban had gathered.

In March, two people were killed in Lower Kurram Agency in what was said to be the first drone strike under US President Donald Trump's administration.

The first US strike under the Trump administration killed two men riding a motorbike in Kurram, while the second suspected attack happened in late April in North Waziristan, one of seven tribal districts stretching along the Afghan border.