Fri Apr 17, 2015 06:40PM
The photo shows a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan, June 13, 2010. © AFP
The photo shows a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan, June 13, 2010. © AFP

At least four people have been killed in a US drone strike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia.

According to Col. Mohammad Zama, a senior Afghan police official, the drone attack targeted a car carrying Taliban terrorists at the Sahako locality of Paktia’s Zurmat district Friday morning.

Two Taliban commanders are among the dead, he added.

This is while both the terrorist group and the US army have declined to comment on the incident so far.

While Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are Taliban militants, local officials and witnesses maintain that, in most cases, civilians have been the victims of the attacks over the past few years.

The United States carries out killings through drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the war-torn country.

The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, will remain in Afghanistan in what is said to be a support mission.

NATO says the forces will focus more narrowly on counterterrorism and on training Afghan soldiers and policemen.

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