Taliban commander Mullah Nazir injured in Wana suicide attack

Published: November 29, 2012

Firing subsequently breaks out in the main market of Wana. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

WANA: Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was wounded Thursday in a suicide attack in South Waziristan’s largest town, Wana, that killed six other people, reported Express News.

The bomber blew himself up near Nazir’s vehicle as it passed through the market in the town, the officials said.

Six people were killed and at least twelve others were wounded, including Nazir, reported Express News.

“The bomber was a boy aged 13 or 14. Five to seven people were wounded, including Mullah Nazir. His condition is said to be not serious,” one of the officials said.

But another official in Wana said Nazir was “seriously wounded” in the attack.

An intelligence official based in the neighbouring district of Tank said there had been a suicide attack and that firing subsequently broke out in the main market of Wana.

Shops were closed down, while the people present there exited the area. More casualties are feared.

The Taliban commander received injuries in the foot and is said to be safe.

“The bazaar is closed now. We’re trying to get more information,” he said.

Sources in Wana said Nazir, who has survived murder attempts in the past, had fallen out with Uzbek fighters he had expelled from South Waziristan several years ago.

Nazir sends men into Afghanistan to fight US soldiers.

Nazir’s faction is one of four major Taliban groups that joined the al Qaeda-brokered Shura-i-Murakeba alliance late last year. The others are Hafiz Gul Bahadar’s group, the Haqqani Network and the Pakistani Taliban led by Hakimullah Mehsud.

Nazir’s group has previously clashed with other Taliban fighters during a struggle for leadership.

There are many divisions among the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan leadership that have led to clashes. But despite the rivalries, analysts said the Taliban are unlikely to splinter as that would make them an easier target for the Pakistani Army.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:12PM

    The Taliban commander travels in a convoy openly in the largest town of South Waziristan. He also controls the Wana region. Pakistan makes no attempt to take this region back. Taliban use this whole area as base to launch attack on both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    And the United States is wrong in using drones ?

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Long live drones!

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:21PM

    TTP attack Taliban? But media says Taliban is TTP.

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  • ikhlaas
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Looks like taliban are themselves divided

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  • Napster
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:41PM

    He is an asset against (pro Indian) TTP. This attempt on his life is most likely the result of close collaboration between TTP and enemy intelligence agencies.

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  • AG Babar
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:42PM

    @ Mr Jat , u keep ur nose out of this , he is pro-pakistan & tribal chief of the area , he obeys all the instructions that is why he was attacked by the CIA funded talibans, may almighty give him health and speedy recovery……

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  • Maulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @Jat: Mulla radio, the one who master minded Malala attack openely moves in Afghanistan and sends people for terrorsim in Pakistan….and then US tells Pak to do more!!!

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  • Aslam Baig
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @Jat and @TightPatloon

    The victims of the drones attacks by the US are mostly children, the elder lot and the women…if you follow the real news.. Do you really think, the targetted-personnel would remain in the same-area which is usually attacked by the drones…
    For heaven sake.. these drone-attacks are nothing other than just a mere mask on a sour truth.

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  • Amir
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:50PM

    He is pro pakistan, not involve in any anti terror activities in pakistan. Only he focus on Afganistan. The attempt to kill him goes all the way to CIA

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 3:12PM

    WANA: Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was injured while four of his aides killed in a suicide blast near his vehicle in South Waziristan.

    http://rtilive.pk/detail/7024

    Right to Information Pakistan Live, RTI Live, Information Pakistan, RTI online Research ORganization,Taliban commander, Mullah Nazir, suicide blast, South Waziristan

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Sounds like the Nato-backed groups want to take over the entire South belt. Don’t be naive saying “long live drones”. It was also drones that killed your soldiers deployed at Salala checkpost. And your government and the Army were pleading the US for an apology. Pleading for an apology? how funny !

    Would you still praise drones?

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  • Pinky
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:17PM

    Ewww.. ET, the zoomed in close-up was SO unnecessary!Recommend

  • Super Star
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:18PM

    The drones are needed to compete this job

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  • m baig
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Drones strikes are jusfied if these guys are controlling our province illegally.

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  • Curious
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:43PM

    He is the one who expels Uzbek and made peace agreements with Pakistan Army, so attack on him is inevitable.

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  • Salman
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:46PM

    [And the United States is wrong in using drones ?]

    You are talking about no effort in going there and later about American drones. So if that’s the case than why didn’t any US drone hasn’t taken him out yet ?

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  • Assad
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:47PM

    They are unfortunately using kids for such heinous activities! Extremely disappointing..

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  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 3:55PM

    @Maulvi Nawaz Shareef: @Jat: Mulla radio, the one who master minded Malala attack openely moves in Afghanistan and sends people for terrorsim in Pakistan….and then US tells Pak to do more!!!

    Just yesterday your Foreign Minister claimed that “ties between the US and Pakistan have been fully repaired.”

    Who knows what is going on. One thing for sure, the common Pakistani does not know.

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  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @AG Babar: @ Mr Jat , u keep ur nose out of this , he is pro-pakistan & tribal chief of the area , he obeys all the instructions that is why he was attacked by the CIA funded talibans, may almighty give him health and speedy recovery……

    Oh really ? Why do you forget our 400 consulates right on the border ? And about the CIA funded talibans you are requested to contact Ms Khar. She says everything is great between USA and Pakistan.

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  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:09PM

    @Aslam Baig: @Jat and @TightPatloon
    The victims of the drones attacks by the US are mostly children, the elder lot and the women…if you follow the real news..

    Do you really really think that the Americans deliberately target children, elderly and women ? Is this a game ? Anyway please contact Ms Khar, the Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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  • Nadir
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:10PM

    How about sparing a thought for the 13 year old boy who was the suicide bomber? He is the real victim here!

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  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:15PM

    @Amir: He is pro pakistan, not involve in any anti terror activities in pakistan. Only he focus on Afganistan. The attempt to kill him goes all the way to CIA

    If you are right, then probably this is the American way of showing their displeasure and anger on how you are treating Dr Shakil Afridi.

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  • Tch tch
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:20PM

    This is not good…..It can turn very ugly given he is keeping TTP (HM) at bay.

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  • Bill Maher (SFO)
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:21PM

    All,
    We will all comments, think, dissect and theorize. Trying mostly to prove ourselves right, in the digital domain.

    Until we know the answer to, and are ready to address it head on to the following fact; I am sorry to say to all my friends, it is a futile exercise.

    “The bomber was a boy aged 13 or 14″

    Why?

    I would leave all of you to ponder, but the answer is glaring at our faces. I have a suspicion that we/you all know and do not act upon it.

    Let me give you a hint. An education that has nothing to do with religion or nationality.
    It is sad to have to quote that about a child. We are all guilty!
    ..ps

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  • What
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Mullah Nazir is not fighting against Pakistan, it appears enemies of Pakistan are also targeting Mullah Nazir.

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Hakeem Mehsud must be gritting his teeth, with a scowl on his face: Damn ! You didn’t blow up close enough to finish the job”

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  • Saleem
    Nov 29, 2012 - 5:08PM

    A bit of good news among all the doom and gloom. These terrorists whatever name they go by will kill each other and will be blasted off the face of the earth by hellfire missiles from US drones.

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  • Iron hand
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @Aslam Baig: your post is nothing but lies.

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  • Enlightened
    Nov 29, 2012 - 7:09PM

    South Waziristan has long been claimed by the army clear of militants. However, Mulla Nazir a former terrorist of TTP under Mehsud and pro-army was made an exception to continue his activities of sending terrorists to attack US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He holds dual citizenship of Pakistan and Afghanistan and his writ ran unchallenged in Wana, the largest town of SW like a mayor but administration closed its eyes because he has the backing of ISI. After Mehsud’s death in 2009 he made his separate group and was attacked immediately by TTP who killed his 17 men but he managed to escape. The latest attempt on him could be the handiwork of TTP who dislike his closeness with the military.

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  • Maulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Nov 29, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @Jat: Why Indians are so obsessed with Pakistan???

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  • Jat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @Maulvi Nawaz Shareef: @Jat: Why Indians are so obsessed with Pakistan???

    One of the answers is here. Go read.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @Aslam Baig
    “….The victims of the drones attacks by the US are mostly children, the elder lot and the women…if you follow the real news.. “

    LOL! So the amreeka specifically targets women and children with their most high-tech weapon but when our khakis and air force use artillery or fire bombs from F-16, it always kills 100% TTP and “miscreants” without any collateral damage!!! You are really smart.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Modern Day Proverb:

    “Live by suicide bombers, die by suicide bombers”

    Replacing the age old proverb:

    “Live by sword, die by sword”

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  • Thought Police
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:32AM

    If my memory serves me correctly there is a Pak Army base in Wana and if that is true then the intelligence services are not that far away either. It would not be too far fetched to assume that there is something fishy going on. Daal main kuch kaala hain.

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