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September 06, 2013

Senior Haqqani Commander Killed in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Officials in northwest Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least six militants, including a senior Haqqani network commander, Mullah Sangeen Zadran.

Zadran was designated a foreign terrorist by the United States in 2001.

Authorities say two missiles were fired Friday in the strike on North Wazirstan's Dargah Mandi, an area known as a stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network.

Pakistan's Foreign Office in Islamabad condemned the strikes, calling them a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

Drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan but U.S. officials say the strikes are an important tool in defeating the insurgents.