US drone targeting Pakistani Taliban kills 21 in Afghanistan

Dera Ismail Khan – Two missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a militant facility in neighbouring Afghanistan, killing 21 insurgents, including the son of the head of the Pakistani Taliban, two Pakistani intelligence officials and local Taliban commanders said Thursday.

The officials say the strike took place on Wednesday and targeted a compound frequented by Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

They say Fazlullah was apparently not there but his son was killed.

The officials say the strike occurred in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, kilometres away from the Pakistani border.

 Three Pakistani Taliban commanders also confirmed the strike and militant casualties.

Pakistani officials and the Taliban commanders spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorised to speak to reporters. The US made no comment on the strike.