Hangu: Haqqani network commander killed in US drone strike

  • The drone strike "completely destroyed" the suspected militant's house in Speen Tal area of Hangu

HANGU – A US drone strike has reportedly killed a commander of Haqqani militant network in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district.

Haqqani network leader Abubakar and his partner were killed when a drone fired two missiles at his house in Speen Tal area of Hangu on Monday night.

The drone strike “completely destroyed” the suspected militant’s house, the Dawn reported quoting security sources.

The area borders Orakzai, Kurram and North Waziristan Agencies.

There was no immediate confirmation of the drone strike from government officials.

The Haqqani network was founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and is now being run by his son Sirajuddin. The group has been blamed for some of the most heinous attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012.