Two separate U.S. drone strikes struck a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan and a vehicle in Afghanistan, killing 11 militants, mostly from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, officials said Friday, according to the ABC News.
Seven militants were killed in
the first strike Thursday in the Pakistani border village of Gorwak in North
Waziristan, once a stronghold of local and foreign militants until the military
cleared them out.
The apparent target of the strike was Haqqani network's local commander, Qudrat Ullah, but it was unclear if he was among those killed when the drone's missiles struck the compound, two officials said.
The officials said there were unconfirmed reports about the killing of a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, Khalid Mehsud, who is also known as commander Sajna, in a separate strike in neighboring Afghanistan.
Also Thursday, missiles fired from U.S. drone slammed into a vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing four militants, said Shah Mohammad Aryan, a spokesman for the provincial chief police.
The strike took place in the mountainous Barmal district of Paktia province, where fighters from both the Haqqani network and Pakistan's Tehrik-e-Taliban militant group are believed to operate.