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The family of the driver killed in a US drone strike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor have registered a case against US officials seeking murder charges. The case, filed by the family of Mohammad Azam who was killed last week along with Mansoor in the Pakistani town of Ahmad Wal near Afghan border, said the father of four was innocent. US officials described the car's driver as a "second male combatant" but according to Pakistani security officials he was a chauffeur named Mohammad Azam who worked for the Al Habib rental company based out of 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, a copy of which was seen by the AFP news agency. "My brother was innocent and he was very poor who has left behind four small children and he was the lone bread earner in the family," he added.
Relatives of two people killed in the strike sued the United States, claiming it was the actions of the U.S. that killed their family members, who were innocent civilians. Faisal bin Ali Jaber filed a wrongful death lawsuit against then-President Barack Obama in 2015. His nephew Waleed, 26, and brother-in-law Salem, a father of seven, were killed in the attack along with three others, Al Jazeera reported.