Suspected U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan adds to growing tensions between the two countries
A suspected United States drone strike killed six adults, including two teachers, at an Islamic Seminary early Thursday in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, the Washington Post reports.
Local officials identified two of the dead as Maulvi Ahmad Jan and Maulvi Hameedullah. The two were close to the second-in-command of the Islamic insurgency group Haqqani Network, which has ties to Al-Qaeda.
U.S. officials have not commented so far on the missile attack.
Shireen Mazari, a spokeswoman for the party that controls the province’s coalition government, told the Washington Post, “the time has come for the Pakistan government to demonstrate through actions that there is zero tolerance for drone attacks.”
“I don’t understand why a drone at this time,” said Sheraz Paracha, a spokesman for the chief minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, “This will further incite the people here.”