5 Haqqani militants killed in Afghan raid

Kabul: Five militants of Haqqani militant group were killed in an Afghan Air Force-led airstrike in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

The strike was launched in Gomal district after an intelligence tip-off confirmed the presence of the militants in a remote area in the district, bordering Pakistan, Xinhua news agency reported citing the ministry’s statement.

As a Taliban-linked group of militants, the Haqqani network was designated as a terrorist group by the US in 2012. The group was yet to comment on the report.