By Alana RuhlePublished: December 13, 2017 07:03:56A Pakistani man has been killed by US drones in his native country.
The man, known only as Ayesha, was targeted by the US Predator drone strike in the eastern province of Quetta on December 12, a local security official told Al Jazeera.
Ayesha was a member of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the Pakistani branch of Lashkar, which was designated by the United States and the United Nations as a terrorist organisation in 2013.
It is not clear how Ayesah was killed or what led to her death.
The US military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“This strike was conducted by US forces in accordance with the law and the rules of engagement and conducted to defend the sovereignty of Pakistan,” US Department of Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Eric Olson told reporters.
“It was a targeted killing against a designated target.
This strike was in accordance to the law.”
According to Pakistan’s army, the US has killed over 20 people in drone strikes since 2012.
The Pakistani military has reported more than 200 strikes since 2014.
The government has long accused the US of waging an aggressive war in Pakistan that has killed hundreds of civilians, including hundreds of soldiers and civilians.
In January, a US court ruled that the US drone program violates international law, a move that could pave the way for the US to withdraw its drone strike program from Pakistan.
In a statement, the Pakistani government said the strikes would not result in a reduction in the US military’s ability to conduct drone strikes.
“Pakistan has consistently been informed of these strikes and their consequences,” it said.
“The US government has repeatedly made clear that its military actions against Pakistan are in accordance of the law, the rules and international law.”
The US has said it has targeted al-Qaida and the Taliban in drone attacks since 2001.US officials have said that the strikes are not targeted at the leadership of the militant groups.