US drone strike near Pak-Afghan border kills five

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At least five suspected militants were killed in a drone strike on the Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border.

According to sources, the drone fired two missiles at a house in the Laman area of Afghanistan. Those killed in the drone strike were affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group, including commander Asadullah alias Shingri.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump revoked a policy that required the Central Intelligence Agency to account for civilian deaths from drone strikes.

The move reversed a two-year-old order by his predecessor Barack Obama, who had come under pressure for greater transparency after sharply increasing the use of drones for targeted attacks in military and counterterrorism operations.

Rights groups immediately criticised the move, saying it had reversed a hard-fought effort for transparency and accountability in drone strikes, which became central to US strategy in the wake of the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attack on the United States.