Officials: US strike kill Taliban leader's brother

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February 19, 2010 11:04

 
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ISLAMABAD  — Pakistani officials say the brother of a senior Afghan Taliban commander has been killed in a US missile strike in northwest Pakistan.



The two officials said Friday that Mohammed Haqqani and three other close associates of Siraj Haqqani were killed when missiles hit a house in Dande Darpa Khel in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.




They said the attack was apparently aimed at Siraj Haqqani, who is accused of masterminding ambushes of US troops in Afghanistan. They said it was not known if Siraj Haqqani was hurt in the strike.




The officials initially said his son was killed in the strike, but later corrected themselves that it was his brother.


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