US drone strike kills Haqqani network commander, 2 others in Pakistan

The drone strikes, carried out by US spy planes, targeted the house belonging to Afghan refugees, the report said. Representative image. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 24, 2018, 09.00 AM (IST)

At least three suspected terrorists of the Haqqani network were killed on Wednesday in a suspected US drone strike in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.

The drone strikes, carried out by US spy planes, targeted the house belonging to Afghan refugees, the report said.

Two missiles hit a house and killed Taliban-allied Haqqani network commander Ehsan alias Khawari and his two companions in the Dappa Mamazoi area. 

Local sources belonging to the Orakzai Agency said that the strike was carried out on the Haqqani Network hideout.

Last week, two other militants were also killed in a drone strike in Shanqilay area of Afghanistan. 

There has been a slight uptick in US drone strikes inside Pakistan in the mountainous border regions bordering Afghanistan since US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, though they are a long way off their peak in 2010.

Pakistan has repeatedly said that drone strikes on its soil are a violation of its sovereignty and denies the charge, saying it acts against militants without discrimination.