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Pakistani Taliban commander among 12 dead in Khost strike

Pakistani Taliban commander among 12 dead in Khost strike

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Nov 26, 2015 - 15:29

KHOST CITY/KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A senior Pakistani militant leader has been killed in a US drone strike in southeastern Afghanistaninfo-icon, The New York Times reports on Thursday.

A dozen insurgents were killed and 20 others wounded during the airstrike in Khost province near the North Waziristan tribal region --home to Pakistani and foreign rebels.

Khan Saeed Sajna, a dreaded Tehreek-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP) commander, was among the fatalities, an unnamed Peshawar-based intelligence official told the newspaper.

The drone strikes took place as local commanders met in Damma area to resolve growing differences between various factions of the Taliban. The claim is yet to be independently confirmed.

Last year, Sajna had publicly rejected TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah’s appointment, saying his faction would continue to fight on its own. The feud erupted after an American drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud.

Meanwhile, Khost officials confirmed the air raid took place in the Babrak Tanai area of Alisher district, which is located close to the Pakistan border.

The district police chief Col. Mohammad Nazir and Border Police Commander Abdul Baseer, verifying the strike, said details the victims’ nationalities were yet to be ascertained.

But Mubarez Zadran, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least five Afghan fighters were among the fatalities. He said the Pakistani insurgents were killed in a separate raid across the border.

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