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Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture.  — Photo by Reuters
Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture. — Photo by Reuters

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 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.

Comments (17) Closed

Nasir Shah Jun 26, 2013 02:41pm

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

Saj Jun 26, 2013 03:25pm

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 Jun 26, 2013 03:43pm

Kill them all as they killed innocent people.

Tansar Jun 26, 2013 05:16pm

Please finish each other, please!!!!!

Hafiz Rahim Jun 26, 2013 06:13pm

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 Jun 26, 2013 06:20pm

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. Jun 26, 2013 06:42pm

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

Uzair Syed Jun 26, 2013 06:50pm

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 Jun 26, 2013 06:52pm

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

Ahmed Jun 26, 2013 07:02pm

These insane men belong in an asylum.

US CENTCOM Jun 26, 2013 07:29pm

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

Kim Hartman Jun 26, 2013 07:34pm

So will there be updates of this clash?

jg Jun 26, 2013 08:44pm

a good riddance tactics

Nadeem Jun 26, 2013 10:56pm

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

Fawzia Jun 27, 2013 07:22am

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

Saquib Jun 27, 2013 01:11pm

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 Jun 27, 2013 05:06pm

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