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Pak Taliban says its deputy chief killed in US drone strike

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

Tehrik-e-(TTP) today confirmed that the group's alias Sajna was killed in a US drone strike on February 8 in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region.

"We confirm that the of the TTP died in a drone strike," said in a text message to reporters.

has appointed Mufti as his new deputy, Khurassani added.

Officials in had earlier reported about Sajna's death in a US strike.

Sajna was a leading figure of the Taliban and that both Pakistani and American security forces were after him for a long time.

According to Pakistani officials, Sajna was battle- hardened with experience of fighting in

Sajna, in his early 40s, was believed to be involved in an attack on a naval base in and was credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed nearly 400 inmates in the northwestern city of

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:05 IST