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TTP Infighting Claims Another 19

by AFP
A screenshot of Maulana Fazlullah. A. Majeed—AFP

A screenshot of Maulana Fazlullah. A. Majeed—AFP

A total of 62 people have been killed in ongoing violence that erupted on Sunday.

At least 19 militants were killed in two separate incidents of bombing and gunfight in the tribal areas on Friday, local security officials said, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions.

A total of 62 people have been killed in the violence that erupted on Sunday between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group in North Waziristan.

Both factions are part of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the state.

Six militants were killed when their vehicle was blown up with a remote control bomb in the Shawal area of the restless tribal belt. In a separate incident in Shawal town, 10 insurgents were killed in clashes when members of the Sajna group came under rocket attack in their car, according to a local intelligence official. Militant sources also confirmed the clash and casualties.

The TTP has long been riven by infighting. The feud between the Mehsud and Sajna camps began after Sajna, a senior commander, was rejected for the TTP leadership following the killing of then-leader Mehsud last November, militants say. Sajna had been seen as a strong candidate to become TTP chief following Mehsud’s death. But the militant organization’s ruling council, at the last minute, elected Mullah Fazlullah, who hails from Swat and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

Separately, Sher Amanullah, a commander of the Haqqani militant network, was killed along with two others when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle near the town of Datta Khel, intelligence and militant sources said. Amanullah is said to be a close associate of Mullah Sangeen Zadran, who was blacklisted as a terrorist by the United Nations and United States and was killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan in September last year.

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