Kashmiri killed in US drone strike in Pak tribal area

Islamabad: Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri, a key suspect in the Mumbai attacks, was among nine militants killed in a US drone strike, BBC reported today, quoting residents of South Waziristan tribal region.

The US drones targeted a location 20 km from Wana, one of the main towns in South Waziristan late last night.

A drone fired two missiles at the spot and two more missiles were fired after a short interval, local residents were quoted as saying by BBC Urdu.

The local residents said Kashmiri was among the nine militants killed in the drone strike.

Three others were injured in the attack.

A government official in Peshawar confirmed the drone strike to BBC but said there was no confirmation of Kashmiri`s death.

Other officials said all the dead militants were Punjabi Taliban.

The report said Kashmiri came to Wana from the Khyber tribal region 10 days ago and moved to the area where the drone strike was carried out last night.

Asked by media persons in Multan about reports of Kashmiri`s death in the drone strike, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said, "I do not have any information now."