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US drone attack in Pak-Afghan border area kill five ‘militants’

PESHAWAR: A US drone attack inside Afghanistan in the Pak-Afghan border area killed at least five suspected militants.

According to local media reports, the predator targeted a house in Laman area along the Pak-Afghan border. The reports said that suspects killed in the strike were affiliated with Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.

They said that a commander of the group Asadullah alias Shingir was among those killed in the attack.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump revoked a policy that required the Central Intelligence Agency to account for civilian deaths from drone strikes.

The move reversed a two-year-old order by his predecessor Barack Obama, who came under pressure for greater transparency after sharply increasing the use of drones for targeted attacks in military and counterterrorism operations.

It could give the CIA greater latitude to conduct strikes as Trump increasingly relies on the spy agency, rather than the military, for lethal drone operations.

Rights groups immediately criticised the move, saying it reverses a hard-fought effort for transparency and accountability in drone strikes, which became central to US strategy in the wake of the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attack on the United States.