Wednesday 16 August 2017

Family of taxi driver killed by drone to sue US army

The wreckage of the destroyed vehicle. Photo: AP
The wreckage of the destroyed vehicle. Photo: AP

Brian Hart

A Pakistani officer says police have registered a case against unknown US officials, seeking to press murder charges over a May 21 drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and a taxi driver.

Abdul Wakil Mengal said yesterday that police registered the case on behalf of the family of the taxi driver, Mohammad Azam.

US officials described the car's driver as a "second male combatant" but according to Pakistani security officials Azam was a driver who worked for the Al Habib rental company in Quetta, the region's main city.

"US officials whose name I do not know accepted the responsibility in media for this incident, so I want justice and request legal action against those responsible for it," Mohammad Qasim, Azam's brother said in a police report seen by the AFP news agency.

"My brother was innocent and he was a very poor man who has left behind four small children and he was the lone bread earner in the family," he added.

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