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Nine killed in explosion targeting militant compound

Published Jul 21, 2012 08:52am


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Taliban—File Photo
The image shows a group of militants. — File Photo

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: Nine people, including five children, were killed and more than 15 others were injured when a suicide bomber struck the main headquarter of anti-TTP militant commander Maulvi Nabi Hanfi in Spin Thall area on the border of the tribal regions of North Waziristan and Kurram, official sources said.

Official and intelligence sources said that the suicide bomber on foot entered Mullah Nabi Hanfi’s headquarter located near Thall Tehsil of the Hangu district on the border of Kurram and North Waziristan and blew himself up.

Official sources said those killed in the explosion included five children and four suspected militants hailing from the Maulvi Nabi group.

Moreover, the injured had been shifted to hospitals in Hangu.

Maulvi Nabi was once part of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but had parted ways with the organisation upon developing some differences. He had formed his own group and since then loyalists and supporters of the TTP and of Maulvi Nabi had been in clashes that claimed casualties on both sides.

The TTP’s Mullah Toofan based in the Orakzai tribal region is the main rival of Maulvi Nabi.

Nabi’s differences with the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led TTP had risen due to a power struggle with Mullah Toofan to control the strategic bordering areas of Thall tehsil adjoining the tribal areas of Kurram and North Waziristan.

Though no one has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack, intelligence officials believe Maulvi Nabi’s rival TTP-led militants were likely to be behind the attack.



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Comments (9) Closed

rave Jul 21, 2012 11:03am
Suo moto notice be taken
Shafi Jul 21, 2012 11:40am
Good ridden. Hope there are more. These murderers have no right to live..
Khan Jul 21, 2012 02:51pm
All this happening because of Americans and Nato why there was not anything like this before 9/11?
Solitar Jul 21, 2012 11:45am
If the photographer could manage to save terrorists’ photos for public show, why can’t the law enforcing agencies cope with them?
Syed Hussain Raza Jul 21, 2012 11:49am
Ya,he Tsunami Khan is one among Taliban.
kashmiri Jul 21, 2012 07:01pm
Stop blaming others...the politicians are not doing a previous comment said...the Pakistanis need to treat this as war and go all out on the taliban. They need to win this war quickly and not let it drag as they have so far. Free the country of taliban and all terrorists. Its the only way to move forward and develop the nation...oh yes and to survive.
Abdul Waheed Jul 21, 2012 09:25am
We wish Imran Khan gives some comments on this intra TTP conflict / killings.
Thind Jul 21, 2012 09:47am
How long Pakistan shall continue to bleed by self inflicted wounds? It is disgusting to to read daily news of killings of Pakistanis by Pakistanis I fail to understand for what? I don't understand who is gaining & who is loosing? Is that all for what the life has been given to us?
mustafa Jul 21, 2012 09:52am
Please do something we see attacks same day in Dir and Gawadar, its an emergency .This has to be tackled on war footing.If we dont do act strongly now it might be too late then. Thediscourse what we see in TV daily chatting show is completely different.Writing lettrers and legal matters, which is improtant but its priority should be determined , which is much below security issues.