Suspected US Drone Strike Kills Senior Haqqani Militant
Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed a senior member of the Haqqani network militant group.
Thursday's attack in North Waziristan reportedly killed Jalil Haqqani, a logistics coordinator for the al-Qaida-linked group. At least three other militants also were killed when the unmanned aircraft fired missiles at a compound in the Dande Darpa Khel village near the region's main town, Miran Shah.
Officials say Jalil was very close to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the militant network reportedly based in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Hours later, Pakistani officials say a second drone strike on Thursday killed six militants in the South Waziristan tribal region.
The attacks occurred as the U.S. special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad.
Grossman told reporters that he and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar talked about the future and how to continue the ongoing dialogue between Pakistan and the United States. He said they agreed to continue to find "issues that we share with Pakistan - and there are many - and act jointly on them."
The U.S. envoy also met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who said the cooperation must expand beyond counterterrorism to areas such as trade, water, power and infrastructure. Grossman and Pakistani leaders also discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Thursday's talks come during heightened tensions between Pakistan and the United States.
Last month, senior U.S. officials accused Pakistan's military spy agency of helping the Haqqani network launch attacks in Afghanistan, including an assault on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Pakistan has denied the allegations.
In other violence in Pakistan, gunmen opened fire on a convoy of at least five NATO oil tankers Thursday in the Shikarpur area of southern Sindh province. The trucks caught on fire.
Militants often attack vehicles carrying fuel and other supplies to international troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, police in the capital Islamabad say they seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle and arrested two people.
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