Officials: Drone Strike Kills 4 Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan

KABUL: (Middle East Press) US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed four Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgents and seven other insurgents, a district official said Wednesday.

The drone’s missiles killed the terrorists on Tuesday afternoon as members of the TTP were attacking a school in the city of Peshawar, near the Afghan border, said Mahlem Mashuq, the governor of Sherzad district in Nangarhar province.

“According to reports, 11 insurgents, four of them Pakistani Taliban, were travelling in a pickup truck that was hit by a drone strike, leaving all of them dead,” Mashuq said.

The Pakistani and Afghan branches of the hard-line Islamist Taliban are slackly allied and operate across the porous border between the countries.

Both are dedicated to overthrowing their countries’ governments and establishing rule by their strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The Afghan Taliban, however, issued a statement condemning Tuesday’s Pakistani Taliban attack on the school in Peshawar that killed 141 innocent students.

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