KABUL - At least four suspected militants were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan's Paktia province near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday.
Suspected United States (US) drone fired two missiles targeting alleged militant hideouts in the area, killing four 'militants'.
This is the second drone strike in Paktia this week. At least six suspected Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militants were killed in an earlier strike, with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Mansoor reportedly injured in the assault.
The recent unprecedented increase drone strikes in the Pak-Afghan border region appears to be reflective of a change in policy in Washington, with at least 70 strikes ─ both drone and ground ─ conducted in Afghanistan in the past three weeks, and over 30 people killed in strikes near the border in the last few days.