Top Taliban commander Halimullah has been killed along with three other militants in a U.S. drone strike in South Waziristan tribal region in Pakistan.

Halimullah was an important leader of Taliban faction led by Maulvi Nazeer and his death is a “huge loss” for Ahmadzai Wazir militants operating in South Waziristan Agency, Taliban sources were quoted as saying by The News daily on Thursday.

The dead commander belonged to the Tujikhel sub-tribe of the Ahmadzai Wazirs and led a group of 300 armed fighters.

He reportedly was in Musa Neeka area near the Afghan border to settle a dispute between local tribesmen when the drone struck on September 30.

“He was holding a meeting with some people to resolve a local dispute when he came under the drone attack,” a close aide to Halimullah said.

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