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Mangal Bagh-led splinter group returns to TTP fold

Mangal Bagh-led splinter group returns to TTP fold

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): As part of its reorganisation plan, a dreaded splinter group has announced returning to the fold of the banned Tehreek-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP).

Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) led by Mangal Bagh merged into the TTP, a media report said on Friday. Jamaatul Ahrar spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan the TTP would comprise members of his LI.

Dawn quoted Ehsan as saying the head of the new set-up was yet to be named. The TTP disintegrated last year when a faction led by Omar Khalid Khurasani revolted against Mullahinfo-icon Fazlullah and formed Jamaatul Ahrar.

South Waziristan-based militant leader Khan Said -- alias Sajna –also abandoned the The Pakistani Taliban alliance, which had been founded by Baitullah Mehsud in December 2007.

While greeting the “Mujahideeninfo-icon of Pakistan” on their unification, Ehsan said the decision was taken at a meeting attended by Mullah Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal Bagh.

The development comes at a time of full-blown military offensives in North Waziristan and Khyber Agencies, the insurgent strongholds near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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