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A US drone struck a foxhole of numerous militants in Kunar province of Afghanistan and killed 21 dubious militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), chief ‘Mulla Fazlullah’ being a victim too.
Most of the dead belonged to the Swat district of Pakistan – the home town of Fazlullah.
Officials claimed that the drone hit the Chowgam Markaz of the banned outfit in the Shultan area of Shegal district, killing at least 21 suspected suicide bombers.
Moreover, the officials further added, amongst those one suicide bomber belonged to the Dir district and one to the Swabi district, while remaining 18 were from the Swat valley. Also, one dead militant was an Afghan, reportedly.
An intelligence official said the drone apparently struck on the very day when the training of the bombers was to be completed.
According to an official, there was strong evidence that Mulla Fazlullah’s son was amongst those declared dead.
It is also believed that Qari Yasin, an infamous trainer of the suicide bombers, and Maulvi Gul Muhammad, the team lead from Bajaur agency, also embraced death in the strike.
“We will have to wait for more evidence to identify the rest,” added another official.
A suicide bomber in the eastern Nangarhar province killed a senior religious official and his bodyguard, while a motorcycle blast in southern Kandahar province killed one border police force member on Wednesday, as per officials and Afghan media reports.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Aamaq, militant group’s mouthpiece, did not provide any evidence to substantiate its claim.
The suicide bomber approached Abdul Zaher Haqqani, Nangarhar provincial director of religious affairs, and detonated his explosives vest, the provincial governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, said. Eleven people sustained injuries in the blast.
Separately, Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Raziq said one border police force member was killed, and another wounded in the explosion. However, media report said two policemen expired and another injured.