Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in drone US strike

Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in drone US strike

Mufti Wali Noor has now been appointed as his successor, said Monday's TTP announcement.

However, Pakistani military officials say major ground and air offensives launched in 2014 have mostly cleared the tribal belt and construction of a robust fence on the Pakistani side of the frontier is now under way to deter illegal cross border movements.

Mehsud is the most significant militant leader to have been killed since the August 2016 killing of Hafiz Saeed Khan, the leader of IS in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reports the BBC.

Earlier, reports suggested that Sajna was among two men taken down in the U.S. strike.

The militant group has taken responsibility for numerous suicide bombings and other terrorist acts over the past decade in which tens of thousands of Pakistanis, including security forces, have lost their lives.

In December past year, members of the group attacked a college in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, shooting dead at least nine people and injuring 36.


They said the target of Thursday's strike was the Haqqani network.

Afghan officials say a Taliban attack has killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the southern province of Helmand.

"We know that a Taliban fighter killed 16 militiamen fighting alongside government forces, but who these forces belong to, we don't know yet", said the spokesman, Omar Zwak.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have been strained since January 1 when Trump's denounced Pakistani "lies and deceit" over its support for the Afghan Taliban and their allies.

The comments come amid mounting tension between Washington and Islamabad after Mr Trump last month suspended aid and accused Pakistan of offering a "safe haven" to terrorists operating in Afghanistan.

Pakistani authorities suspect Sajna played a role in planning major terrorist attacks in the country and was instrumental in a jailbreak in 2012 in the northwestern town of Bannu that freed about 400 inmates, including militants.

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