Killing their on kind: Outlawed TTP lost key commander in infighting

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PESHAWAR – The alleged infighting between fractions of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s militants brought another death of a key commander Ashiqullah.

According to official sources the Commander Ashiqullah was murdered on Thursday in Mir Ali area of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Officials have confirmed that TTP commander Ashiqullah was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the outskirts of Mir Ali area. However, more reports from the ground zero are awaited.

Both official and tribal sources confirmed that Ashiqullah Mehsud was the main commander of the TTP and was considered the master trainer of suicide bombing after Qari Hussain Mehsud who was the top expert and the inventor of suicide bomb blasts.

The sources added that Ashiqullah was sitting with some members of the TTP when he was assaulted by the gunmen who, then, escaped in a car.

Intelligence sources believe that the incident is the result of a rivalry between Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Said Sajna groups. The latter also parted ways with the central TTP group.

None of the groups have claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Furthermore, no statement has been issued by the TTP about Ashiqullah’s death so far.

Its pertinent to mention here that after a long infighting and killing score of their own kind the backbone of Taliban officially broken as the largest group split away from outlawed TTP on May 28.

PakistanTribe have been reporting on outlawed TTP infighting since long now. The detailed insight analysis of TTP could be read by clicking ‘ here ‘.

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