KABUL – At least 12 suspected militants were allegedly killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province on Friday.

According to security sources, a suspected United States (US) drone fired six missiles, killing 12 ‘militants’ and wounding several others.

The attack took place in Khosh Kurram, Afghanistan and is the fifth strike this week. Earlier, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khorasani was killed in a strike in Paktia along with nine of his associates.

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The recent swell in drone strikes in the Pak-Afghan border region appears to be the implementation of US President Donald Trump’s harsh policy regarding South-Asia as envisaged in his August 22nd address.

Reacting to the criticism, the Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and ISPR, the army’s media wing, had both claimed that the strikes had been carried out in Afghan territory and Pakistan’s airspace had not been violated, amid speculation that the strikes had targeted militants inside Pakistani territory.