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Pakistani Driver's Family Lodges Criminal Case Against U.S. Over Drone Strike

A taxi is seen on fire at the site of a drone strike believed to have killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akthar Mansur in southwest Pakistan on May 21.

The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against the U.S. government.

Mohammad Azam was killed on May 21 while driving Mansur from the Iranian border to Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

It was not immediately clear what legal avenues the family can realistically pursue.

Azam's family has claimed he was innocent and a father of four who was the family's sole breadwinner.

Azam had been working for more than eight years as a driver in Taftan, a small desert town next to an important border crossing with Iran.

The family has said it is seeking financial compensation from the U.S. and Pakistani governments.

Pakistan condemned the U.S. drone strike, describing it as a violation of its sovereignty.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP