14 dead in TTP-Afghan Taliban clash

Published: June 25, 2016
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Skirmish took place in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. PHOTO: AFP

Skirmish took place in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: At least 14 militants died as Pakistani and Afghan Taliban clashed in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, Afghan officials said.

According to Afghanistan’s defence ministry, eight fighters from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and six Afghan Taliban fighters died in the clashes in Kunar province. Several others on both sides were wounded, ministry officials said.

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The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the incident when asked, with the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming that the clash was “just some locals fighting over personal matters.” The TTP has yet to respond to the query.

The clashes took place in Gula Pari area of Sarkano district, online Khaama press reported. The mountainous area is located opposite to Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal region.

Kunar police chief also confirmed the clashes. He told the BBC Pashto service that a US drone strike also killed seven TTP members when they were going to help their colleagues. He said the area is out of the control of the security forces.

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It is unclear which TTP group was involved in the fighting. Militants belonging to the TTP Jamaatul Ahrar are said to be acting in Kunar.

Security officials say that most of the Pakistani militants have fled to Afghanistan as a result of the military operations in the tribal regions and Swat valley and now operate from the Afghan border regions. They are believed to have sanctuaries in Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2016.

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  • siesmann
    Jun 26, 2016 - 1:20AM

    How wonderful.They should be encouraged to do more of this.Recommend

  • Irfan Alam
    Jul 18, 2016 - 8:28PM

    It is clear by now, that the Afghan puppet government, has no real intention of handing over the TTP remnants to Pakistan, after screws were tightened on them by the Pakistan army through the operation Zarb-E-Azb. By doing so, once again they have proven that they are no more than puppets in the hands of those destabilizing forces, backed by NATO and west. this policy of playing the innocent victim, and hiding the Faustian elements of the TTP at the same time, exposes the duplicity of the Kabul contraption. Recommend

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