Former TTP leader Shahidullah Shahid killed in US drone strike

Published: July 9, 2015
TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. PHOTO: INP

TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. PHOTO: INP

Former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid and 24 other militants were killed in a US drone strike on Thursday, according to reports.

As per reports, Shahidullah Shahid was killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province, across the border in Afghanistan.

The identity of other militants killed in the strike is yet to be learnt.

The Afghan intelligence agency confirmed Shahidullah Shahid has been killed in a drone strike.

“It was confirmed today that a senior leader of IS group for Khorasan region, Shahidullah Shahid, has been killed in a drone strike,” the Afghan spy agency, National Directorate of Security, said.

However, there was no confirmation of the NDS claim by the Islamic State.

Shahidullah Shahid previously known as Sheikh Maqbool had served as the spokesperson for the TTP but joined Islamic State in October last year.

“Shahidullah Shahid wanted to plan a major war in the region and present himself as  a top leader of the terrorist group,” the Afghan intelligence said.

Read: TTP spokesperson, five other leaders declare allegiance to Islamic State

The NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said earlier that at least 25 insurgents were reportedly killed in drone strikes Wednesday night in Nangarhar. The strikes were carried out on a gathering of the insurgents in Dih Bala district.

The strike comes two days after about 60 insurgents, including the Islamic States’ commander in Afghanistan, Gul Zaman, and his deputy Jahanyar were reportedly killed as a result of drone strikes in the same province.

Read: Allegiance to IS: TTP disowns its spokesperson

Islamic State has established bases in Nangarhar where its supporters are involved in clashes with the Afghan Taliban in recent weeks.

A senior Taliban leader, Maulvi Anwarul Haq Mujahid says over 80 fighters of the Taliban and IS have been killed in parts of Nangarhar since May 10. Several Afghan Taliban leaders, including the Taliban shadow governor, Gul Seerat and his deputy Asmatullah have joined the Islamic State.

The killing of Shahidullah Shahid in Afghanistan proves that most of the Pakistani militants have crossed to the Afghan side of the border and operate from there.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Kaleemullah
    Jul 9, 2015 - 3:52PM

    Vey happy news for Pakistanis! Completely need to get rid of Taliban to make this region a peaceful place.Recommend

  • Proust
    Jul 9, 2015 - 3:58PM

    One more unwanted man gone. Good!Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jul 9, 2015 - 5:01PM

    So he actually was in Afghanistan. US drones, please give us EID gift of Mullah Fazalullah. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 9, 2015 - 5:02PM

    An American gift to Taliban for holding talks with Afghanistan government and accepting some demands. Recommend

  • Northerner
    Jul 9, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Good riddance! Now if only the other many thousands of halfwits lusting after heavenly virgins can be facilitated….Recommend

  • S Chaudhury
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:14PM

    Mullah Fazlullah next please USARecommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:33PM

    Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif wanted to hold talks with TTP, open their office and considered these as their lost brothers.

    We as a nation should thank USA for getting rid of these scums. Yes I realize that at times drones kill innocents however unlike terrorists the intention of such attacks is not to kill innocents. Also it is better to do a war and kill many more. Drones have been established as a great way to deal with these monsters.

    Please continue to go after these killers.Recommend

  • Jul 9, 2015 - 8:27PM

    Only one word. THANKYOU. Before Eid looking forward for more such chance for appreciating United States of America.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 9, 2015 - 11:27PM

    He will be easily replaced because the factories that churn them out…HAVE NOT BEEN TOUCHED.Recommend

  • Hasnsin
    Jul 10, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Thank u USA…….Please do one more favour ….Start targeting the financial terrorists…..Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Jul 10, 2015 - 1:13AM

    Good! go and sleep with your seventy two. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jul 10, 2015 - 1:18AM

    Excellent news. Lets hope for more.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jul 10, 2015 - 2:22AM

    Kill a TTP leader inside Pakistan and he’s a martyr – kill him a 100 yards inside Afghanistan and he’s a terrorist. Go figure.Recommend

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