An US drone strike in Pakistan killed a senior militant, Badar Mansoor. He belonged to a faction of the Pakistani Taliban with close ties to Al Qaeda. He was one of the five killed in the strike in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border.
According to BBC, Badar Mansoor, moved between the militant groups of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda, there he became a key figure and is believed to have planned the suicide attack against Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslim minority in the eastern city of Lahore, in which up to 90 people died.
Pakistan’s security forces said that this was second drone attack since Wednesday when 10 militants were killed in a strike near Miranshah.
US president Obama recently defended the use of unnamed aircraft to kill Al Qaeda operatives and other militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
The use of the remotely piloted aircraft over Pakistan is opposed by most Pakistani politicians and the public, who consider drone strikes violations of sovereignty with unacceptable civilian casualties.
There was no immediate confirmation of his death from the US, which rarely comments on drone operations. The US officials normally do not comment on suspected drone strikes, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of people in recent years.