TTP confirms death of Taliban leader's brother in drone attack   2010-02-19 21:36:01 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman confirmed Friday that Mohammed Haqqani, the brother of senior Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani, was killed in a U.S. missile strike in northwest Pakistan, local TV channel reported.

According to the private TV DAWN News, TTP spokesman said Mohammed Haqqani was killed when a U.S. drone attack targeted a militant compound and vehicle Thursday night in North Waziristan tribal area.

It was reported that Mohammed Haqqani and three other close associates of Siraj Haqqani were killed during the air strike.

Mohammed Haqqani's brother Siraj Haqqani was the leader of the Haqqani network, which is affiliated to the Afghan Taliban and Al- Qaeda.

It has not been confirmed whether Siraj Haqqani was killed or injured in the drone attack.

The U.S. has intensified drone attacks on militants in Pakistan 's tribal regions recently, especially in North Waziristan agency, a stronghold of the Haqqani network in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border.

Editor: Fang Yang
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