US calls Taliban commander Nazir's death 'major development'

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 05:40 hrs

The Obama administration welcomed reports that a prominent Taliban warlord was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan, calling his death a "major development."

Local officials in Pakistan said Mullah Nazir, the main militant commander in South Waziristan, was killed when an unmanned US aircraft fired two missiles at his vehicle.

The Pentagon spokesperson George Little said that if the report is true, then this would be a significant blow, and would be very helpful not just to the US, but also to our Pakistani partners, the Express Tribune reports.

Nazir reportedly sent insurgents to Afghanistan to wage war on NATO-led troops and operated out of the tribal zone where militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have bases on the Afghan border.

Pakistani officials said the drone strike on Wednesday killed Nazir and five of his loyalists, including two senior deputies.

According to the paper, Nazir, one of the highest-profile drone victims in recent years, had a complicated relationship with the Pakistani government, having agreed to a peace deal with Islamabad in 2007. (ANI)

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