PESHAWAR: Clashes between the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups erupted in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region as hundreds of fighters attacked TTP bases situated in Kunar and Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Taliban sources said hundreds of armed fighters comprising Lashkar-i-Taiba, Ansarul Islam (AI), 'Mohmand force' and other local militias (lashkars) were part of a joint attack on Pakistani Taliban positions in Afghanistan.

Earlier, reports had said that the Afghan Taliban were also backing the attacking groups but later the TTP requested Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar to intervene and as a result the clash was averted. Rival groups have now initiated another attack of which the Afghan Taliban are not a part, said TTP commander.

Mukarram Khurasani, spokesman for the TTP's Mohmand chapter chief Omar Khalid, told Dawn.com that hundreds of militants had attacked the Pakistani Taliban positions in Shongrai and the bordering village of Jarobi Darra.

Khurasani also accused Lashkar-i-Taiba commander Haji Abdul Rahim of leading the attackers.

The Shah Khalid group is also supporting the attack. Most of the TTP hideouts targetted, belong to Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah and Mohmand Taliban led by Umar Khalid Khurasani.

The Taliban's Mohmand chapter chief also claimed that the attack had been repulsed and said that one attacker was killed while three were injured.

Meanwhile, Lashkar-i-Taiba spokesperson Mahmud Ghaznavi rejected the allegations that the group was involved in the clashes. Ghaznavi said that the Lashkar-i-Taiba is operational only in Kashmir and has nothing to do with the TTP or the Afghan Taliban.

The exact number of causalities could not independently verified as the area is a 'no-man's land' where the Afghan government has no writ and militants exercise control.

Most of the militants under attack are believed to be associated with the TTP who had escaped military operations in Mohmand, Bajaur, Malakand division and Khyber tribal region in neighboring Pakistan.

The clash might be a continuation of the killing of militant commander Shah Sahib, who led another Islamist group engaged in fighting US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan and was based in Mohmand Agency since 2006.

TTP militants led by Umar Khalid Khurasani attacked the training centre of the Shah group on July 19, 2008, killing many, including Shah Sahib. Most of the Shah Sahib loyalists were either kidnapped or killed and the group was eliminated from Mohmand tribal region.

Most members of the group are presently part of tribal lashkars (local militias) rivaling the TTP.

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Comments (17)

Nasir Shah
June 26, 2013 2:41 pm

Thats good. Let them fight and kill each other so we can get rid of these fake Jihadis

Saj
June 26, 2013 3:25 pm

Nice- Let them kill each other. Had enough of these narrow minded terrorists who seem to have no religious motive. Just their own. Kill each other- no problem, but leave the innocent public alone.

Faisal
June 26, 2013 3:43 pm

Kill them all as they killed innocent people.

Tansar
June 26, 2013 5:16 pm

Please finish each other, please!!!!!

Hafiz Rahim
June 26, 2013 6:13 pm

The country is going to the dogs, with bearded fanatics running there shady islam inspired violence all over. Wish sanity can prevail, with a secular Pakistan in which, the Mullah Molvi business plays no role

asgher
June 26, 2013 6:20 pm

Terrorist to be tagged as a trator of the country.

Pak Army must keep their guns loaded as these killers will escape afghanistan and try to enter our border. These TTP killers dont deserve negotiations or talks... Just kill them as traitor or imprison them under treason act

Khalid Abbasi, Esq.
June 26, 2013 6:42 pm

I am so happy that this is happening. let evil take care of evil.

Uzair Syed
June 26, 2013 6:50 pm

Misleading and self contradicting news, no clarification why reporter believes Lashkar-e-Taiba is involved when it is clearly not, Journalistic standard seems down the drain, by the way name of ttp Muhmand chief terrorist is "Umar Khalid" not "Khaliq"

chand
June 26, 2013 6:52 pm

Good! with any luck they will kill each other, Seeing that Govermnment or military are not going to do anything

Ahmed
June 26, 2013 7:02 pm

These insane men belong in an asylum.

US CENTCOM
June 26, 2013 7:29 pm

This enemy of Pakistan has been attacking the nation without an iota of remorse. Their terror network spreads throughout the country. It is evident with attacks on a SHO’s convoy in Peshawar, and a High Court Judge in Karachi. At the same time, their cowards would sneak in the middle of the night to kill innocent unarmed tourist in remote Nanga Purbat. After each attacks their Spokesperson will proudly claim responsibility of the heinous crimes against the nation, while justifying the attacks with their twisted ideology. This was bound to happen! Peace loving tribal groups, opposing these attacks, to organize and pick up arms against the enemies of their nation. The TTP is an elusive enemy that has caused much damage to Pakistan. Their mission is to weaken the nation and enforce their agenda of death and destruction in the region. Together we have weaken these terror groups, and it is time for all to unite and land the final blow, so people of the region on the whole can take a sigh of relief and rebuild their lives around peace and prosperity.

Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command

Kim Hartman
June 26, 2013 7:34 pm

So will there be updates of this clash?

jg
June 26, 2013 8:44 pm

a good riddance tactics

Nadeem
June 26, 2013 10:56 pm

Mullah Omar should not intervene, let other groups wipe TTP. They deserve to die, they killed innociante people.

Fawzia
June 27, 2013 7:22 am

What goes around comes around. I hope they all disappear.

Saquib
June 27, 2013 1:11 pm

These people are not humans, they are evil and need to be eliminated from the society and our minds for the atrocities they have committed. Too many innocent people have died due to their warped beliefs, tarnishing our peaceful religion all over!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Iqbal
June 27, 2013 5:06 pm

@US CENTCOM: If you are really from CENTCOM never ever stop your drone attacks till all of them are completely eliminated.

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