Taliban Leader Killed in Afghanistan

Authorities have confirmed that a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban was killed during a clash with Afghan security forces last month. (PTI)

Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, who is believed to be in his mid-30s, was considered a top ranking leader of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was killed along with his aide Qari Saifullah Peshawari on January 31 near Kabul, a statement by the SITE monitoring group said on Friday.

The Taliban sources confirmed to various media outlets that Haqqani had been killed during a “mission” in Afghanistan.

Neither the Afghan nor the Pakistani security forces have so far commented on the reported deaths.

Haqqani was one of those seminary students who joined militancy after the Red Mosque operation in 2007 to dislodge the armed militants from the mosque.

Haqqani’s terrorist mentors, TTP chiefs Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud, were previously killed in U.S. drone strikes.

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