KABUL/PESHAWAR, Oct 17 (SABAH): At least 36 people have died in three drone strikes targeting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over the last 24 hours. At least 18 people were also injured in the multiple drone attacks.
A drone attack in the Ghuzdari area of Paktia province, near the Pak-Afghan border, on Tuesday killed at least nine people and injured five other.
According to media reports, the drone fired two missiles at a house in the area and killed nine people and injured five others. Drones could be heard flying over the area after the attack.
The first attack of the day occurred in the Khanachi area of Paktia and seven people and injured three others.
Sources added the strikes targeted hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamat-ul-Ahrar and the Haqqani Network and a total of 10 missiles were fired.
The political administration of the area claims that the drone attack on Monday and the one which occurred on Tuesday did not happen on the Pakistani side of the border.
At least 20 people were believed killed and 10 injured in a drone attack near the same area on Monday. Six missile strikes were reported to have been carried out.
Following the strike on Monday, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif talking to a private said that the United States should not conduct any drone strikes in either Afghanistan or Pakistan at a time when Afghan peace talks have resumed.
Asif also expressed hope that the four-nation moot in Muscat, Oman to find ways of reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants would yield positive results.