Pakistani security officials say U.S. missile strikes are believed to have killed an al-Qaida commander and a senior Uzbek militant in northwestern Pakistan.
The officials say al-Qaida's Ilyas Kashmiri and an Uzbek known as Nazimuddin (alias Yahyo) were hit in attacks earlier this month by suspected U.S. drone aircraft. The officials say Kashmiri is believed to have been killed September 7 in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. They say he was a member of the militant group Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami and was involved in an assassination attempt against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistani officials say the Uzbek militant was killed in the same region on September 14 during a missile strike on a vehicle carrying local and foreign militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Nazimuddin's name is on a U.S. Treasury list of individuals whose assets have been frozen.Pakistani officials say U.S. drones are believed to have fired more than 40 missiles at suspected al-Qaida and Taliban members in northwest Pakistan in recent months. Pakistan has publicly criticized the missile strikes as counterproductive and a violation of its sovereignty. A missile attack last month in South Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.