PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan has hit a Pakistani Taliban camp for suicide bombers, killing 21 fighters, militant commanders and local security officials said Thursday.
The strike in Kunar province, a remote region on the border with Pakistan, happened Wednesday, local officials and militants said. Targeting of Pakistani militants on Afghan soil is very rare.
A senior U.S. official confirmed the strike was conducted by a CIA drone. The official declined to provide any details about the strike, other than to confirm the target was a group of Pakistani Taliban.
A Pakistani military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that among those killed was the 20-year-old eldest son of the Pakistani Taliban’s leader, Maulana Fazlullah, as well as a senior suicide-bombing trainer.
“This is a remarkable achievement and a very big success of the CIA-operated spy aircraft in