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Pakistan Taliban commander killed in US drone strike

IANS  |  Islamabad 

A key has been killed in a US drone strike close to the Afghan border in Pakistan's North Agency, a media report said on Friday.

The of the Tehreek-e-(TTP), alias Khalid Sajna, was killed in the Thursday night drone strike along with three others, the Express reported.

Sajna was also heading the Mehsud faction of the in Pakistan's northwestern Agency. The confirmed his killing and the appointment of as his successor.

The Express report said that the other three casualties were Sajna's nephew and two guards.

Sajna's vehicle was targeted in Margha area of district in Afghanistan's Paktika province bordering North Waziristan, reports said.

"The vehicle was completed destroyed," an told the daily, adding that there were at least three reported drone strikes on the Pakistan-Afghan border in the last 24 hours.

Sajna was put on the US "Designated Terrorist" list in October 2014 and was considered a of Baitullah Mehsud and senior

He became TTP's following the death of in May 2013.

Sajna was wanted by the authorities in in several cases including suicide attacks on security forces and a 2012 Bannu jailbreak in which 384 prisoners fled.

He is the third Pakistan Taliban killed in a US drone strike in during the last six months.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:52 IST