Taliban leader killed in drone strike

Published September 21st, 2013 - 03:12 GMT
US drone strike kills Taliban commander. [khaamapress]
US drone strike kills Taliban commander. [khaamapress]

An apparent nighttime U.S. drone attack killed a Taliban commander in Afghanistan's Kunar province, Afghan officials said Saturday.

The reputed Taliban Ghaziabad district chief was among four suspected militants killed in the strike Friday night, the provincial security chief for Kunar said.

Khaama Press said the attack, which did not cause any civilian casualties, was the second drone raid in the past week in Kunar. Around six militants were killed in Tuesday's attack in the Chapa Dahra district.

The Taliban, however, also appeared to be on the offensive this weekend. A pair of overnight bombings shook Balkh province and the capital, Kabul, early Saturday.

Between eight and 13 people were injured when a suicide bomber set off a device in a market in the Chahar Bolok district of Balkh province Saturday, the provincial government said.

In Kabul, someone planted a bomb on a police vehicle; however the explosion did not cause any injuries.

Khaama Press said there was no immediate announcement from the Taliban claiming responsibility.

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