US drone strike kills 5 militants in Afghanistan

Afghan police spokesman says passenger vehicle carrying pro-ISIL militants was targeted in eastern Nangarhar province

US drone strike kills 5 militants in Afghanistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least five pro-ISIL militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s eastern province, an official confirmed Monday.

Hazrat Hussain, spokesman for the Afghan National Police (ANP) in eastern Nangarhar province, told Anadolu Agency the drone hit a passenger vehicle in the Haska Maina district late on Sunday.

He said all of the five militants were killed in the targeted raid and their arms and explosives were destroyed.

Bordering Pakistan’s tribal region, the southern parts of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan are believed to be the strongest bastions of the pro-ISIL fighters.

Earlier this month, an important commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed along with his two other comrades in a similar raid earlier this month.

Commander Nazir Afridi, hailing from Pakistan’s town of Darra Adam Khel, was killed during an air raid by the Afghan Air Force in Nazyan area of Nangrahar province on Sept. 13.

Following the announcement of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan by President Donald Trump, there is an evident surge in drone strikes and air raids against suspected militants in Afghanistan.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Eylül 2017, 17:45