DERA ISMAIL KHAN, June 24: One member each from the Baitullah and Abdullah Mehsud groups — rival Taliban factions — were killed in a clash in Tank bazaar on Wednesday. The dead militants were identified as Yusuf and Zahir Khan. A shopkeeper was injured in the fighting.
Baitullah Mehsud’s deputy and spokesman Wali Rehman said his network had killed Qari Zainuddin. He called newsmen and said that the TTP chief had ordered the killing of the defecting commander.
Qari Zainuddin, who was a vocal opponent of Baitullah’s actions in Pakistan, was shot dead by Gulbadin, one of his guards, at his residence on Tuesday.
“We killed Qari Zainuddin because he was involved in activities against Taliban interests in the tribal belt. His killing had been necessitated because of his dubious activity,” Wali Rehman said.
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