World Bulletin / News Desk
Clashes between two rival Taliban groups spread to other parts of Waziristan region on Friday as 13 more militants were killed in two separate incidents in the remote Dattakhel town bordering northeastern Afghanistan, military and local sources said.
40 lives have been claimed in the ongoing clashes that broke out again after a day-long lapse early Friday morning. The fatalities were mainly Taliban loyalists of slain Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, and Khan Syed Sajna group who were killed in the last five days.
A security official, wishing not to be named, in the region told Anadolu Agency (AA), that three Taliban were killed in a remote control bomb blast in Dattakhel town, a stronghold of the powerful Haqqani network - a group blamed for attacks on foreign forces in war-torn Afghanistan. The official later confirmed that a rocket hit a vehicle carrying insurgents in the same locality killing ten people.
It is, however, unclear which groups have conceded more casualties in the fresh spate of clashes that erupted on Monday following the killing of four militants loyal to Mehsud's group.
The infighting is seen as a result of an ongoing power struggle within the TTP, the umbrella of various insurgent groups in Pakistan, between powerful Mehsuds, the founding tribe of the formidable network, and Wazirs, the second largest tribe in the region. Mehsud, the most powerful and biggest tribe in South Waziristan, makes up 60 per cent of the total population of 600,000.
A local journalist based in Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan, told AA on condition of anonymity, that the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban leaders were trying to broker a ceasefire between the two warring groups but to no avail so far.Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2014, 12:14