MIRAN SHAH: At least 10 people have been killed in a clash between two groups of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Shawal area of Miran Shah in South Waziristan on Friday morning.
According to reports, the clash started between the two groups a few days ago and the cause of infighting was said to be over interference in matters inside one another’s domains.
The reports said that at least 10 people were killed in rocket attack and many were injured, they were shifted to district headquarter hospital where four more person succumbed to injuries.
It is stated that rocket attack is the result of scuffle between factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
During the week it was fourth attack in series when Taliban factions attacked and killed each other.
The two groups were reported to be supporters of Khan Syed Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The TTP, which was formed in 2007, is a coalition of different groups.
Militant sources suggested that differences emerged after Sajna, a senior commander, was rejected for the TTP leadership, after then-leader Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike last November.
Sajna was seen as a strong candidate to become TTP chief following Mehsud’s death but the movement’s ruling council at the last minute elected Mullah Fazlullah, who hails from Swat and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
The government began negotiations through intermediaries with the TTP in February to try to end its insurgency.
The militant group has demanded the release of what they call “non-combatant” prisoners and the establishment of a “peace zone” from which security forces would be barred.