Brother of man killed in US strike on Taliban chief files police report

May 29, 2016 21:39
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QUETTA/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The brother of a man killed alongside Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan has filed a report with police asking for his brother's killing to be investigated, officials said on Sunday.

Muhammad Azam, a Pakistani citizen, was driving Mansour from the Pakistan-Iran border to Quetta, capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, when a US drone destroyed the car in the Koshki area of Noshki district, killing them both.

Azam was a regular taxi driver on the route and was not connected to the Taliban, his brother Muhammad Qasim said in a police report seen by Reuters.

The "First Information Report" filed by Qasim would form the basis of any police investigation into the drone attack.

Drone attacks outside Pakistan's tribal areas, such as the one that killed Mansour and Azam, are rare.

Much of the country's Islamist militancy is based in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. Critics of drone strikes allege there has been a tacit agreement between Islamabad and Washington allowing strikes in some tribal areas but not elsewhere. Pakistan denies that any such agreement exists.

The report was filed by Qasim on Wednesday, local official Muhammad Omar told Reuters on Sunday night.

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