ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan killed at least six people, Pakistani government officials said on Thursday, including the powerful Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir Wazir.
Nazir was killed along with another key commander of his group, Rapa Khan, and four other militants in the missile strike late Wednesday night on Nazir’s vehicle near Wana, the largest town in the South Waziristan area, said a local government official who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
“Mullah Nazir was going in a car from Birmal village to Wana when his vehicle was hit by the drone strike,” said the official. He said all six slain militants were in the car.
Some Pakistani news channels, quoting local administration officials, put the death toll at nine. One such report also said that the drone strike that killed Nazir struck a house near Wana where he and other militants were present.