Umar Khalid Khurasani, JuA Chief critically injured in US drone strike in Afghanistan

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Umar Khalid Khurasani, JuA Chief critically injured in US drone strike in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR/KARACHI: Umar Khalid Khurasani, chief of banned militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), has been "critically injured" in a US drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province.

The strike was conducted close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Paktia on Tuesday. Khurasani, being critically injured in the attack, was moved to an undisclosed location, sources said.

On the whole, 31 people have died in three drone strikes near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over the last 24 hours.The commander of the banned militant group hails from Mohmand Agency - one of the seven agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) - and goes by the alias Abdul Wali.

On Tuesday, the US conducted a drone attack in the Khanachi area of Paktia, and killed five people and injured one.

Later in the day, another drone attack killed at least six people and injured one other in the Ghuzdari area of the same province.

On Monday, 20 people were reportedly killed and 10 injured in a drone attack near the same area. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reportedly fired six missiles during the strike.

Strike According to sources, the strikes targetted hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and the Haqqani Network and a total of 10 missiles were fired.