SOUTH WAZIRISTAN Soldiers fought with Taliban militants on Sunday over the wreckage of a remotely-controlled US drone which crashed in South Waziristan near the Afghan border. Sources said drone crashed due to a technical fault, but Taliban claimed they had shot down the drone. In order to get the wreckage of the US drone, security forces battled with militants at Zangara village of South Waziristan Agency, sources said. In this connection, the security forces launched an operation against militants on Sunday morning to recover the wreckage. The sources said that during the operation, at least two militants were killed, while an army officer also sustained injuries. Official sources later confirmed the incident and said that the US drone had crashed in Zangara village of South Waziristan. Apparently, it crashed due to some technical fault. Zangara is 80 kilometres north of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. According to reports, Taliban claimed to have downed the US drone by an anti-craft gun when it was flying over Sangar near Makeen. It is pertinent to mention here that US often uses unmanned surveillance aircraft in tribal belt. US drone crashes are very rare in Pakistan, but a surveillance drone equipped with a camera crashed in Balochistan on August 25. In September 2008, tribesmen in South Waziristan claimed to have shot down another surveillance drone in Jalal village, near the Afghan border.