Top TTP commander escapes suspected drone strike

A prime chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) escaped unharmed from a suspected drone strike on a protected home in japanese Afghanistan, the group stated on Friday.

The strike on Thursday night got here per week after a ceasefire between the TTP and the federal government collapsed.

The TTP – a separate motion however sharing widespread roots with Afghanistan’s new leaders – plunged Pakistan right into a interval of horrific violence after forming in 2007.

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Two TTP sources presently in Afghanistan advised AFP that Maulvi Faqir Mohammad was the goal of what they described as a drone strike on a compound in Chawgam village, within the japanese province of Kunar bordering Pakistan.

“Maulvi Faqir Mohammad was not present at the time… two fighters of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were wounded,” one supply stated.

The compound was getting used as a base by TTP terrorists from Pakistan crossing the porous border with Afghanistan, he stated.

Maulvi Faqir was arrested by the earlier US-backed Kabul authorities and spent years in Afghanistan’s infamous Bagram jail, however was launched after the Taliban’s lightning takeover of the nation in August.

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It was not clear who was chargeable for Thursday’s assault, however each Pakistan and the United States have beforehand used unmanned aerial autos to conduct assassinations within the area.

Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, advised AFP from Kabul that the strike was an explosive fired from the bottom.

The TTP emerged 14 years in the past and have been blamed for round 70,000 killings by successive Pakistani governments.

Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of the TTP bloodbath of nearly 150 schoolchildren in Peshawar, an atrocity that is still seared on Pakistan’s nationwide consciousness.

It prompted a 2014 crackdown by the army which crushed the motion and compelled its hardline fighters into hiding in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is now attempting to quell a TTP comeback after the victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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