Taliban Deputy Khalid Mehsud 'Killed in Drone Attack' in Pakistan

Taliban Deputy Khalid Mehsud 'Killed in Drone Attack' in Pakistan

Taliban Deputy Khalid Mehsud 'Killed in Drone Attack' in Pakistan

Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban.

In recent weeks, Kabul has been hit by several deadly assaults, including a massive suicide vehicle bombing in a crowded central area on January 27 that killed more than 100 people and was claimed by the Taliban.

Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has hit a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing seven militants from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Bajwa's presence is particularly significant as both Afghan and USA officials ratchet up pressure on Pakistan to close Taliban sanctuaries on its soil. Three of his guards were also killed in the strike. He said Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah appointed a commander called Mufti Noor Wali Wali to replace their dead deputy.

Sajna was wanted in America for his role in terrorist attacks against US citizens.

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Tribal sources and local Pakistani officials confirmed Friday the strike took place a day earlier near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district.

Afghanistan hosted military chiefs from several neighboring countries on Tuesday, including Pakistan's army chief, for a conference focusing on how to deal with escalating terrorism in the region.

While U.S. and Afghan forces accuse Pakistan of failing to stop Afghan Taliban militants using safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistani Taliban militants have been waging a campaign of bombings and other attacks on Pakistan's security forces.

The border region is off limits to journalists and verifying information independently is hard.

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