By Zabihullah Tamanna
A U.S. drone strike killed at least 12 Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
A prominent local Taliban commander, Mullah Nesar, was among those killed in the strike.
According to provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal the incident took place in Nangarhar province, some 150 km east of capital Kabul.
“Yesterday at 5 p.m. the U.S. drone targeted Taliban insurgents travelling by a corolla wagon car and a motorbike. All of them have been killed and their vehicles were destroyed,” Mashriqiwal told Anadolu Agency.
Mullah Nesar and his group, according to officials, were responsible for most attacks on Afghan forces on the highway which links Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan.
“He and his militants were on their way to conduct an imminent attack on the highway when he came under fire,” the official said.
U.S. military officials were not available to comment but U.S.-led international forces have been targeting local and foreign militants operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Anadolu Ajansi)