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United States drone attack kills 3 in Pakistan's tribal region

United States drone attack kills 3 in Pakistan's tribal region

A suspected United States drone strike on Friday killed three militants in one of Pakistan's federally administered areas near its border with Afghanistan, a senior regional official said.

"The strike took place near the border with Afghanistan", said Basir Khan, the senior official in the Kurram agency agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. "It was not clear how those religious leaders are different from the Afghan Taliban", the Dawn said.

The officials said apparently three local Afghan Taliban commanders, including Mullah Asmat and his nephew, were targeted but it was unclear whether they were present at the time. "This is just a propaganda of the Western media", he said.

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have become rare in the past few years.

This is the first drone attack since US President Donald Trump announced his new Afghan policy and also criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.

Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan have not been smooth ever since Pakistan had accused Afghanist of the string of bombings in the country that resulted in more than 130 deaths in the month of Feburary, earlier this year. "You (enemies) should know that Afghanistan's strategic situation has changed and you (Taliban) can not win on the battlefields", he added.

USA drone attacks inside Pakistan started in 2004.

In a major speech outlining U.S. policy on Afghanistan last month, Trump lambasted Pakistan for sheltering "agents of chaos" and suggested ties with Islamabad would be adjusted immediately.

Cricket fans in Afghanistan have a record number of foreign players to watch in the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League despite security concerns.

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