Pakistani Taliban confirm deputy killed by drone, appoint new one

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Pakistani intelligence officials say a USA drone strike has hit a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing seven militants from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Tribal sources and local Pakistani officials confirmed Friday the strike took place a day earlier near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district.

Islamabad opposes the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

But militants have reacted violently, launching a wave of deadly attacks across the war-torn country, including in Kabul, in a devastating display of defiance.

They said the deputy chief of the outlawed Pakistani Taliban, Khan Said Mehsud, also known as Sajna, was returning from the adjacent Afghan border province of Khost when missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft hit his vehicle.

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It has not been an active situation for a while but police say they are keeping a very close eye on it. At 10:27 p.m. police got a call of shots fired on the east side at the 1900 block of Lamont Street.

He is expected to operate in South Waziristan, on the Afghan border, home to Pakistani, afghan and Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists group.

Afghan officials say a Taliban attack has killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the southern province of Helmand.

After the pullback, Taliban fighters seized a sizable amount of territory, especially in Helmand, with local officials estimating that the extremists controlled some 85 percent of the poppy-growing province early previous year.

The Pakistani military mounted a major offensive against the militants in 2014, forcing many of them to withdrawn into Afghanistan. Much of the border with Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas is off-limits to foreign journalists, and strikes along the porous frontier are hard to verify.

Earlier, reports suggested that Sajna was among two men taken down in the U.S. strike.

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