Pakistan: Taliban commander 'killed in Bajaur'

Bajaur, 21 Nov. (AKI) - At least seven militants including a Taliban commander were killed by Pakistani security forces on Friday in the restive Bajaur tribal region. The Taliban commander, Shah Khaled, was killed in the Mamond tehsil area of Bajaur Agency, Pakistan's satellite channel ARY TV reported.

In a separate incident on Friday, a suspected sectarian bomb killed at least ten people and injured 25 at a funeral procession for a local Shia Muslim cleric in the northwestern Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan's Geo News reported.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani strongly condemned the bomb attack on the funeral procession.

Gillani on Thursday described as 'intolerable' the suspected US drone attack on a suspected militant hideout in Bannu district of North West Frontier Province, that killed at least four people. The Pakistani Parliament also condemned the attack.

Also on Thursday, at least ten people were killed and several others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the Mamond area.


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