Pakistani Taliban Deputy Leader Killed by US Drone

The prohibited Pakistani Taliban confirmed Monday (12/2) its deputy leader was among several militants killed in a recent American drone attack near the disastrous Pakistani border with Afghanistan.

In announcing the death of Khan Said Sajna, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, TTP, said the drone attack before dawn occurred on February 8 in Gorwek, North Waziristan.

Although American officials rarely respond to drone anti-terrorism operations in Pakistan, the isolated tribes there and the Pakistani intelligence officials at that time confirmed Sajna and his troops were returning from the nearby Khost province of Afghanistan when missiles fired by unmanned drones about their vehicles.

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The slain commander is believed to have taken refuge in Khost da n has links to the Haqqani network accused of launching a broad-based terrorist attack against local troops and US-led forces in Afghanistan. His assassination, analysts say, is a big blow to the TTP.

Sajna is wanted by Washington for his role in terrorist attacks against Americans. Pakistani authorities have also searched for plans for a major terrorist attack in the country and masterminded a 2012 jail prison in the northwestern town of Bannu that frees 400 inmates including prominent militants. [gp]

US Drone Attack on Tribal Areas of Pakistan, 7 Dead

Pakistani intelligence officials say an American drone strike has hit a militant village in a tribal area in the northwest near the border with Afghanistan. The attack killed seven militants belonging to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Officials said Friday the attack took place in the border village of Gorwak, in North Waziristan, which was once a stronghold of local and foreign militants, on Thursday ( 8/2), before the military removed them.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

They said the target of the attack on Thursday (8/2) was the Haqqani network. [19659002] The confirmation of the attack came shortly before the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials.

Pakistan opposes drone attacks, saying it violates its sovereignty. [uh]