Key Haqqani network member killed in US drone strike in Paktika


A key member of the Haqqani terrorist network was killed in a drone strike in southeastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province.
The leader killed in the drone strike was Sirajuddin Khademi, a logistics commander of the Haqqani network and member of the Quetta Shura in the southeastern Paktika province, the reports said.
Khademi who was reportedly providing logistics supports to the fighters of the terror network.
Assadullah Sherzad, a police commander in the south-east region told Afghan media that the drone strike targeted Khademi along with another person early in the morning.
The airstrike also destroyed some weapons belonging to the terror network but local civilians casualties were reported in the raid.
However, the Afghan Taliban, to which the Haqqani network is linked, have not confirmed the commander’s killing in the drone strike.
Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organisations in the region.
The network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.