US drone strike in Miranshah kills TTP commander Waliur Rehman among six others

US drone strike in Miranshah kills TTP commander Waliur Rehman among six others

MIRANSHAH, (SANA): At least seven persons were killed and four others injured in the result of US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency. US drone fired two missiles on a house at Chashma village near Miranshah. Meanwhile a foreign news agency has claimed that Tehreek-e-Taliban commander Waliur Rehman along with other TTP leaders was killed in the attack.

The locals faced difficulties in the relief activities due to the imposition of curfew in the area. The drone also continued flights on the area after the attack, which gripped the locals into fear.

A US drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistan Taliban in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow in the fight against militancy.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s deputy chief and commander of the Mehsud area, Waliur Rehman Mehsud, was killed in US drone strike on a compound in the Chashma area of Miramshah in the North Waziristan tribal region along with close aides Nasarullah, Shahabuddin, Adil, Nasiruddin, Fakhr-i-Alam and Saeedur Rehman.

“Tribesmen started rescue work an hour after the attack and recovered seven bodies,” said resident Bashir Dawar. “The bodies were badly damaged and beyond recognition.”

According to sources, the Taliban have denied that Waliur Rehman was killed in the drone strike. US had fixed 50 million rupees bounty on Waliur Rehman. Waliur Rehman had completed religious education in a seminary in Faisalabad. Later on he joined TTP in 2004. He was the spokesman of Baitulah Mehsud. Waliur Rehman by profession was a teacher.

The death of Waliur Rehman could harm the possible talks between the government and the TTP.

Meanwhile in a statement‚ Foreign Office spokesman pointed out that Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counter-productive and entail loss of innocent civilian lives.

The spokesman said that the drone attacks have human rights and humanitarian implications and violate the principles of national sovereignty‚ territorial integrity and international laws.

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