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Key TTP commander among five killed in South Waziristan blast

Updated Aug 22, 2013 02:57pm


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PESHAWAR: A Pakistani Taliban commander believed to be harbouring foreign militants was killed along with four others in a roadside bomb explosion in South Waziristan tribal agency, officials said Thursday.

Ghulam Jan, believed to be a key commander of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed along with four accomplices when the improvised explosive device targeted his vehicle on Wednesday evening in Birmal tehsil, located about 27 kilometres from Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.

Assistant Political Agent Shahid Ali Khan confirmed that five people were killed in the blast which completely destroyed the vehicle.

Local officials confirmed the incident took place around 7 pm on Wednesday, but access to the area is limited and reports from the semi-autonomous tribal region, infested with Taliban and al Qaeda militants, are difficult to verify.

Jan, who had a reputation for supporting and harbouring Uzebk, Tajik and Central Asian militants, was earlier believed to have been ousted from the area by the pro-government Mullah Nazir group.

“He was anti-government and well known for his support to foreigners,” a official said on condition of anonymity.

The Mullah Nazir group had flushed out Uzbek fighters and anti-state militants from Wazir areas in 2008 and 2009.

Other people who had died in Wednesday’s blast were identified as Jan’s uncle, Juma Khan, and his close aides Mir Gul, Asmatullah and Kharote.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.


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Comments (4) Closed

Raza Parvez Aug 22, 2013 04:26pm

Finally Taliban are getting a taste of their own medicine. This is a very effective way to eliminate them.

Rashid Aug 22, 2013 04:38pm

For once the government has accomplished a covert job.

Akram Aug 22, 2013 06:09pm

good news at last.

US Centcom Aug 22, 2013 07:15pm

These terrorists have claimed thousands of innocent lives in their bid to destabilize the region. They continue to prey upon innocent lives in order to spread fear and chaos. They