Allied forces have been working diligently to eliminate key leadership personnel associated with various militant groups throughout the region. Nasir Mahmood, a commander associated with the Haqqani network, which has been linked to the Taliban, was taking a shower in his village when a drone approached the location and fired a missile at the structure.
According to Pakistani police and Taliban sources, it is believed the drone was operated by the US, based on a report by the Daily Mail.
Mahmood, who also operates under several other names, was at his home in the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan near the Afghan border when the strike occurred. He was taking a shower when a missile, fired by the drone, struck the structure.
Ameer Zaman, a senior police officer in the region, stated that Mahmood was killed in the attack.
A photo of Mahmood’s body was reportedly shared as it was being prepared for burial.
Another Haqqani leader was also said to have been injured in the strike, which took place in Biland Khel village.
It is believed that Mahmood has led several attacks on Afghan security forces as well as US soldiers operating in the region.
According to Pakistan, US drone strikes violate the nation’s sovereignty, but US officials have accused Pakistan of providing safe harbor to militants, an accusation which Pakistan denies, stating that the country is fighting against all militants.
The Pakistan Foreign Affairs ministry, located in Islamabad, has condemned the strike, stating that the action targeted a refugee camp for Afghanis.
“Pakistan has continued to emphasize to the United States the importance of sharing actionable intelligence so that appropriate action is taken against terrorists by our forces without our territory,” said the ministry.
Relations between Pakistan and the US have been strained since the 2011 US operation that led to the death of el-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan at the time.
Tensions rose in January after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of serving as a safe haven for terrorists, stating that the US had “foolishly” provided over $33 billion in aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years and received nothing in return except for “lies and deceit.”