Sixteen Afghan Pro-Government Fighters Killed In Taliban Attack

SAS officers patrolling in Afghanistan

SAS officers patrolling in Afghanistan

According to a statement, Sajna was killed in an American drone strike on February 8.

THE spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of their deputy leader in a recent United States drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

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.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike.

Azam Tariq Mehsud, the spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), says the group's deputy chief, Khalid Mehsud, also known as Commander Sajna, was killed in last Thursday's strike in the border village of Gorwak in North Waziristan, once a stronghold of militants.

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A Taliban infiltrator killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the insurgency ridden southern province of Helmand when he turned his gun on men who he had worked with for months, officials said on Monday.

It is extremely rare for US authorities to comment on CIA-run drone operations in Pakistan.

Taliban spokesman Qari ZabehullahMujahed claimed responsibility for the attack and said three infiltrators were involved in the attack "inside military center close to Turabi Hotel area of Greshk Helmand".

More bombing nearly invariably means more civilian casualties, which could further mobilise Afghans against the United States.

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. The Afghan government alleged the violence was plotted in Pakistan.

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