Drone strike kills 3 mil­i­tants:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A sus­pected US drone strike struck a com­pound in a north­west­ern tribal re­gion along the Afghan bor­der on Fri­day, killing three sus­pected mil­i­tants and wound­ing two oth­ers, an army of­fi­cer and two se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

The strike took place on a bor­der vil­lage in the Kur­ram tribal re­gion, which has served as a hide­out for lo­cal and for­eign mil­i­tants over the past sev­eral years. Pak­istan has car­ried out sev­eral op­er­a­tions against mil­i­tants in Kur­ram, but vi­o­lence has per­sisted. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity as they were not au­tho­rized to brief me­dia.

No gov­ern­ment spokesman was avail­able for com­ment.

If con­firmed, it would be the first US drone strike on Pak­istan since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced his new strat­egy for Afghanistan last month. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in Au­gust in­fu­ri­ated Pak­istan when it ac­cused Islamabad of pro­vid­ing ex­trem­ists safe haven and threat­ened to with­hold mil­i­tary aid. Pak­istan and the coun­try’s mil­i­tary have re­peat­edly said they have acted against the Afghan in­sur­gent Haqqani net­work and other mil­i­tants with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion. (AP)

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