Source: News Bharati English14 Jun 2017 13:15:04

Islamabad, June 14: Top Haqqani commanders were killed in an US Air Force airstrike on Monday. The commanders Abubakar were killed in in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu district. Abubakar moved to Dewal from Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district after the Pakistani military launched a counterterrorist operation there in 2014.

Haqqani network leader Abubakar and his partner were killed when a drone fired two missiles at his house in Speen Tal area of Hangu on Monday night. The drone strike completely destroyed the suspected militant's house, security sources said.

Abubakar, whose original name was Omar, hailed from Afghanistan's southeastern Khost province, the birthplace of network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, according to Afghan and Pakistani intelligence reports.

The suspected drone strike came after a May 31 truck bombing in Kabul killed more than 150 people in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The attackers detonated a tanker packed with explosives near the German embassy.

The Haqqani network was founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and is now being run by his son Sirajuddin. The group has been blamed for some of the most heinous attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012.