Report: Taliban Used Drone to Kill Four Bodyguards in Kunduz

Governor's guards were playing volleyball

Reports out of Kunduz Province are claiming that the Taliban has used a small drone to carry out an attack, and the result was four slain bodyguards working for the provincial governor.

The Taliban has yet to discuss the matter, but the four bodyguards were at the governor’s mansion, playing volleyball, when an explosion was reported, killing them. The belief is that it was either a drone explosion or a missile strike.

As with most militants, the Taliban have been recorded to be toying around with the idea of drones, initially for surveillance but also potentially for delivery of explosives. The US has been using drones in the area for years, but cheap commercially available drones are starting to offer a dangerous array of features.

Indeed, officials say this is not the first time the Taliban dropped explosives from a drone. It was unclear if any of those past incidents caused casualties, however, so this may be the first deaths by Taliban drone.

Author: Jason Ditz

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