Se­nior TTP leader still alive? 18 mil­i­tants killed

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Eigh­teen Tehreek-i-Tal­iban Pak­istan (TTP) mil­i­tants of the banned or­gan­i­sa­tion's Sa­jna group were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan's Pak­tika prov­ince on Mon­day night, se­cu­rity sources said.

Mem­bers of the TTP off­shoot were hold­ing a meet­ing in Pak­tika's Bir­mal area dur­ing which its leader Khan Said Sa­jna was ex­pected to ap­pear, sources said. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that Sa­jna was re­ported killed in a drone strike last year, but the in­for­ma­tion had not been in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied. The Mehsud tribal fac­tion, which Sa­jna heads, had not de­nied claims of Sa­jna's death at the time.

Of the TTP men killed to­day, 14 be­long to the Mehsud tribe and four to the Wazir tribe. Claims re­lat­ing to the strike and the deaths could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied. Khan Said Sa­jna be­came TTP's deputy leader fol­low­ing the death of Wali-urRehman in May 2013. He fought in Afghanistan and is be­lieved to be in­volved in the at­tack on a Naval base in Karachi. Sa­jna is cred­ited with mas­ter­mind­ing a 2012 jail­break in which the Tal­iban freed 400 in­mates from a prison in Bannu. Khan Said Sa­jna leads the Mehsud fac­tion, which split from TTP in May 2014 af­ter for­mer TTP leader Hakimul­lah Mehsud was killed in a United States (US) drone strike.

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