Pakistani Taliban commander killed

One of Pakistan’s most wanted Taliban commanders was shot dead earlier this week by unidentified gunmen.

Asmatullah Shaheen was targeted on Monday 24th February as he drove through the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, according to security sources and family members.

Shaheen was on the Pakistan army’s list of twenty most wanted Taliban commanders, and had an approximate £72,000 bounty placed on his head since 2009.

Asmatullah Shaheen
He was appointed as interim chief of the Pakistan Taliban following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the previous leader, in a US drone strike on 1st November.

Shaheen’s killers ambushed his car as it passed through Dargah Mandi, a village three miles northwest of Miranshah, the regional capital of North Waziristan.

“Unidentified gunmen in another car shot and killed Shaheen as well as the driver and guards,” a family member told Reuters.

The Pakistani Taliban insurgency is fighting to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s democratically elected government and impose Sharia law in the nuclear-armed nation.

Attacks have been on the rise since Sharif came to power in May, promising a negotiated end to violence.


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