Drone strike ‘kills five Taliban commanders’ in South Waziristan
PESHAWAR: A US drone strike on a vehicle on Thursday killed five commanders of one of Pakistan’s most influential Taliban leaders, Maulvi Nazir, one of the faction’s senior commanders told Reuters.
He identified four of the commanders as Hazrat Omar, Nazir’s younger brother, Khan Mohammad, Miraj Wazir and Ashfaq Wazir.
According to initial details, five missiles were fired on a vehicle carrying several passengers.
The vehicle was traveling from Tora Gola village to the nearby area of Azam Warsak when it was hit.
“Nazir’s younger brother Omar Wazir has been killed, it has been confirmed,” a Pakistani security official told AFP.
Another Pakistani intelligence official also confirmed his death.
Residents and security officials in the region described the 27-year-old as the operational head for the Nazir group, and a close aide of his brother.
He adopted a low profile, going to Afghanistan, assigning duties to the fighters and supervising logistic arrangements for their missions, they said.
“They are a very important group because while they are based in Pakistan they are very active in Afghanistan,” said Mansur Khan Mehsud of the Fata Research Centre think tank.
“If you look at drone strikes, they are one of the most heavily targeted groups.”