Afghanistan drone strike kills 20 Pakistani Taliban

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PAKISTAN (Reuters) – A suspected US drone strike on a training camp in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar killed more than 20 Pakistan Taliban preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan, officials said. The strike, carried out in a village called Saresha Sultan Shah, killed at least two senior figures in the movement, besides someone believed to be a trainer of suicide bombers. Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday’s drone strike in Kunar, an undeveloped and thickly forested province on the two countries’ border, took place during a visit by senior Pakistani Taliban figure prior to sending the militants to Pakistan. Sources in the Pakistani Taliban confirmed the strike killed more than a dozen of their members but said Fazlullah Khorasani, who was visiting the training camp, had not himself been killed.

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