Several militants killed in Pakistani tribal area

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Several militants are being killed as a result of clash between two factions of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in South Waziristan tribal region on Friday, local media reported.

The cause of clash that started between the two militant factions a few days ago is interference in matters inside one another’s domains.

The fighters from both sides have been launching attacks in the areas of Shawal, Shaktoi and Makin with heavy ammunition and artillery in an attempt to destroy one another’s sanctuaries.

Moreover, the internal strife between the two groups is now spilling onto the other areas of the region.

On the other hand, the TTP has remained silent on the matter of infighting in which over 30 deaths have been reported over a couple of days.

It was reported earlier 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 had been seen as a strong candidate to become TTP chief following Mehsudˈs death. But the movementˈs ruling council at the last minute elected Mullah Fazlullah, who hails from Swat and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

The Taliban leadership was said to be engaged in stopping the infighting between the two factions.

Meanwhile, a meeting of Taliban commanders was called after the lapse of ceasefire deadline. Taliban expressed their reservations over the attitude of the government.

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