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Pakistan Taliban confirms senior commander's death by drone

Pakistan Taliban confirms senior commander's death by drone

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan confirmed on Monday the death of its deputy chief Khan Said Mehsud, alias Sajna. Three of his guards were also killed in the strike.

Pakistani security officials announced the death of Mehsud, also known as Sajna, soon after the February 8 airstrike in Afghanistan's Paktika Province, on its border with Pakistan.

Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Monday that its senior commander was killed in a USA drone strike in the country's North Waziristan tribal region last week and said they had appointed a new deputy to take his place.

In May 2016, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, was also killed in a USA drone strike in Pakistan, meeting the same fate as the head of TTP, Hakimullah Mehsud, did in 2013.

Lying south to the Taliban's birthplace Kandahar, Helmand remains one of the most volatile provinces in Afghanistan with militants controlling large swaths of land.

Mahinda's SLPP says it is heading for victory at polls
Rajapaksa, a legislator in the opposition benches, commands the backing of 54 legislators who have defected from Sirisena's party. Prime minister's party accepted defeat at the elections saying it is a warning and party will bring appropriate changes.

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.

Pakistan opposes drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

Khalid Mehsud had been the deputy leader of the Pakistani Taliban since November 2013, when then-leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed, also by a U.S. drone strike.

Last month, the United States suspended about $2 billion assistance to Pakistan.


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