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Afghan official says US drone kills 7 militants in east

May 8, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a U.S. drone has killed seven militants in a strike near the Pakistan border in eastern Kunar province.

Gen. Abdul Habib Sayedkhili, the provincial police chief, says the strike on Thursday afternoon in the Khas Kunar district targeted a group of militants that has been operating in the region for the past year.

He says the leader of the group and his son were among the dead. All seven had been traveling in a vehicle at the time of the strike.

Kunar is a particularly volatile region of Afghanistan, where militants — many of them affiliated with the Taliban movement — have a strong presence along the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan.

The Taliban’s annual offensive began on April 24 with an attack in northern Kunduz province.

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