Peshawar — U.S. Drone strike killed three suspected militants in Kurram Agency, the tribal region near Pak Afghan border on Friday, local sources told.
The officials of Political Administration in Kurram Agency said that the strike hit a compound with two missiles in the Ghuzgori village of Kurram Agency. Sources said that the target was Mulvi Mohib’s home where three militants were killed.
Afghan Taliban have also confirmed the strike and said that Mulvi Muhib was affiliated to Haqqani Network, the Nation reported.
“He (Mulvi Muhib) remained associated with the Haqqani network but wasn’t a prominent figure,” one senior Taliban member told the Nation.
A second commander confirmed that Mohib was part of the Afghan Taliban: “We don’t differentiate the Haqqani network and Taliban. This is just a propaganda of the western media,” he said.
Analysts have been predicting an increase in drone attacks inside Pakistan ever since Trump came into power, but since January there have only been a few.
The first US strike under the Trump administration killed two men riding a motorbike in Kurram Agency in March, while the second suspected attack happened in late April in North Waziristan.
In a major speech outlining US policy on Afghanistan last month, Trump lambasted Pakistan for sheltering “agents of chaos” and suggested ties with Islamabad would be adjusted immediately. He offered few details.
US drone attacks inside Pakistan have become rare over the past few years. In its last high-profile attack inside Pakistan, the United States had in May 2016 killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Balochistan.