U.S. Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Afghan Insurgent Commander in Pakistan

The drone strike targeted an Islamic seminary allegedly linked to the Haqqani insurgent network

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Students gather at the site of a suspected U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, November 21, 2013.

A suspected U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary in northwest Pakistan early Thursday reportedly killed at least six people and wounded several others.

Early reports of the strike indicate that the target was a senior member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. Reuters reports that a drone fired three rockets into the seminary just before sunrise on Thursday. Reuters cites sources in the Afghanistan National Directorate of Security intelligence agency saying that the drone strike killed Maulvi Ahmad Jan, an adviser to the head of the Haqqani network.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the attack killed six and wounded eight, according to police and local witnesses. Local news reports citing unnamed security officials say that Jan was killed in the strike.

The attack is the first in Pakistan since Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed on Nov. 1.