A key commander of the TTP Punjab Azmatullah Mawiya was also killed in a drone strike on January 15 in Shaktoi, officials said. -Photo by APP

PESHAWAR A key commander of outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Punjab Azmatullah Mawiya was killed in a US drone strike on January 15 in Shaktoi village of South Waziristan.      
   
According to officials, four key Taliban commanders have also been killed in a separate drone attack which was carried out on Januray 17 in Shaktoi area.

The Taliban commanders who have been killed are identified as Shahid ullah, Hafiz Nizamuddin Storikhel, Khawarey and Mohtaj.

The strikes targeted militant compounds in these areas, where TTP chief Hakeemullah was also reportedly injured.

Meanwhile, the US General Patreaus revealed that there has been an increase in drone attacks inside Pakistans tribal areas after the killing of CIA agencts in Khost.

Updated Jan 19, 2010 12:00am

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