3 killed in United States drone strike in NW Pakistan

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The nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained, the FC officials said.

A United States drone attack today killed at least three Taliban militants, including a commander, in Pakistan's unruly tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.

"Two missiles were dropped on the home of Maulvi Mohib and three people have been killed", Wazir said. "He remained associated with the Haqqani network but wasn't a prominent figure", said one senior Taliban member.

"This year we have some tremendous achievements", Stanekzai said, including Afghanistan's full membership of the International Cricket Council. "Previously we were waiting to talk with Pakistan equally, but now we hold talks with Pakistan with an honour and we preserve our interests in these talks", Afghan media reported.

If confirmed, it would be the first USA drone strike on Pakistan since President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan last month.

Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of sovereignty, while the US accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.

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They also vowed that the Afghan Taliban would continue their jihad in Afghanistan and would struggle for the implementation of Islamic system in their country, the report said.

USA officials have urged the neighboring Pakistani government to crack down on Haqqani militants operating in Pakistan.

In his policy speech, Trump singled out Pakistan for providing a safe haven for terrorist groups.

USA drone attacks inside Pakistan started in 2004.

He said these countries have an enormous stake in the stability and relative security of Afghanistan.

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