Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Taliban kill 6 local police in Afghanistan

Taliban kill 6 local police in Afghanistan

Muhammad Khurasani, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement on Monday that Mr. Sayed had been killed in a February 8 drone strike in Growek region of North Waziristan, another tribal area.

TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani said Sajna was also heading the Mehsud faction of the Taliban and that, following his death, the top leadership appointed Mufti Noor Wali Wali to replace their dead deputy.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards. He had experience fighting in Afghanistan, and was believed to be involved in the attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi and masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates from a prison in Bannu. Pakistan had offered joint investigation into the Kabul's attacks that Kabul had blamed on the Haqqani Network.

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The TTP has recently curtailed activities because of a successful Pakistani military offensive, and Mehsud's death is expected to further weaken the Islamist group.

The latest round of talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan has ended without any progress on issues dividing the two countries, particularly counter-terrorism.

It described him as a true successor to the first two chiefs of TTP - Baitullah Mehsud, the groups founder, and Hakimullah Mehsud.

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Several top leaders of the TTP and the Afghan Taliban have been killed in United States drone strikes on Pakistani territory.

Fazlullah tried to sideline Mehsud by naming his rival as the head of the TTP in South Waziristan - but was forced to give in after Mehsuds supporters fought and defeated the Taliban chiefs nominees, it added.

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