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Taliban deputy leader Mehsud killed in United States drone strike

Taliban deputy leader Mehsud killed in United States drone strike

While US and Afghan forces accuse Pakistan of failing to stop Afghan Taliban militants using safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistani Taliban militants have been waging a campaign of bombings and other attacks on Pakistan's security forces.

Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban.

Muhammad Khurasani, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement on Monday that Mr. Sayed had been killed in a February 8 drone strike in Growek region of North Waziristan, another tribal area. He added that a commander called Mufti Noor Wali Wali was appointed by the Taliban chief to succeed Sanja.

Four insurgents including a foreign national have been killed as government forces stormed a base of Taliban group in Jurm district of the northern Badakhshan province on Tuesday, an army spokesman in the region said.

His influence can be seen from how he defied Mullah Fazlullah - who officially became the third TTP leader after Hakimullah's death in a drone strike in 2014.

The Taliban confirmed Monday that its deputy chief was among several militants killied in a recent U.S. drone strike near Pakistan's volatile border with Afghanistan.

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Militant sources said Wali, known by the nickname Ghar Starga, is a ruthless leader with experience working in Pakistani urban areas including the southern city of Karachi.

Islamabad opposes the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

According to reports, Sajna's death is a major blow to the group, which is blamed for most of the terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

Pakistan denies sheltering militants.

Last month, the United States suspended about $2 billion assistance to Pakistan.