An American drone attack in northwestern Pakistan is believed to have killed a high-profile militant commander along with several of his aides.
Tribal sources and local Pakistani officials confirmed Friday the strike took place a day earlier near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district.
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.
The militant group has not yet commented on the reported deaths.
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike.
“I have seen some reports on social media about a drone strike but I have not heard anything from our relevant security agencies,” Faisal said.
It is extremely rare for U.S. authorities to comment on CIA-run drone operations in Pakistan.
Sajna was believed to