Taliban says its deputy chief killed in USA drone strike

Taliban says its deputy chief killed in USA drone strike

Taliban says its deputy chief killed in USA drone strike

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.

"We confirm that deputy head of the TTP Khalid Mehsud died in a drone strike", said the spokesman, Mohammad Khurasani.

The group s leaders have nominated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to take his place, the statement said, adding Mehsud has "undeterring trust" in Pakistani Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah.

However, the Pakistani media had reported earlier that Sajna came under the attack in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province, bordering Pakistan. Pakistan had offered joint investigation into the Kabul's attacks that Kabul had blamed on the Haqqani Network.

Wali, according to Reuters, will now train militants in South Waziristan, a rugged mountainous region on the Afghan border which has always been home to Pakistani, Afghan, and al Qaeda-linked foreign militants.

A spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting to bring down the Pakistani state, told Reuters the drone strike was in the North Waziristan region, on the Pakistani side of the border.

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The Pakistani military mounted a major offensive against the militants in 2014, forcing many of them to withdraw into Afghanistan.

A high-ranking leader of the Pakistani Taliban died in a USA drone attack, the terrorist organization confirmed on Monday, Feb. 12.

Pakistani officials have been critical of the American drone strikes on the Pakistani soil, arguing that they are a violation of the country's sovereignty.

Mehsud has kept militant attacks going not only against military targets in South Waziristan but also at times deeper inside Pakistani territory.

But Mondays' budget requests endorse a State Department announced last week that USA security assistance to Islamabad could be resumed if Islamabad took the required action against militants.

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