Top S. Waziristan fighter likely to be new TTP leader

Commander Khan Syed, better known as Khalid Sajna, is currently serving as TTP chief for South Waziristan as Taliban prepares for Mehsud's funeral prayers

Top S. Waziristan fighter likely to be new TTP leader

South Waziristan's top fighter is the likely new leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella of all Taliban groups in Pakistan, following the reported killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike earlier Friday, a Taliban source told Anadolu Agency.

Commander Khan Syed, better known as Khalid Sajna, is currently serving as TTP chief for South Waziristan, once a TTP stronghold, where he is leading fighters now fighting the Pakistani army.

TTP leader Mehsud and two of his top lieutenants were reportedly killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan on Friday, intelligence and Taliban sources have told AA earlier.

"Mehsud's vehicle was targeted by a missile when he was coming to attend a meeting at a home in Dande Darpa Khel village, which later was pounded by three missile," an intelligence official told AA.

He went on to assert that Mehsud, leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella of all Taliban groups fighting in Pakistan, was in the vehicle when it was struck.

Tribal sources say Mehsud had been moved to Miranshah Agency Hospital after the attack, but that he died before getting there. His body was reportedly badly charred.

The sources said that funeral prayers would be held on Saturday at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan.

There was no government confirmation of Mehsud's killing as of the filing of this report.

AA

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