US drone strike kills four suspected militants in Afghanistan


At least four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, near Pakistan’s Khyber Agency, security officials said on Sunday.

Security sources said the drone strike targeted a militant compound in the Nazyan district, killing four suspected militants.

Till 2014, Nazyan district had been serving as a safe haven for Mullah Fazllullah led Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

According to security sources, militants based in the Nazyan district had planned the devastating attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, which left over 140 children and teachers dead.

Pakistani security forces also carried out ground offensives in Khyber Agency, particularly the Tirah Valley of Bara which borders Nazyan.

The forces cleared much of the Bara plain in Operation Khyber One launched in October 2014, while in a follow-on operation named Khyber-2, which ended in June 2015, cleared the fierce Tirah terrain consisting of deep valleys and high mountains.