Landi Kotal: Militant commander survives life attempt
LANDI KOTAL: As reported by Dawn News on Sunday, an important militant commander narrowly escaped an attempt on his life in the remote Bazaar-Zakhakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil on Saturday, sources said. They said that the militant commander, Muhammad Tayyeb, was travelling in a vehicle with his guards when they were targeted with a roadside device in Tabbai locality of Bazaar-Zakhakhel area, which is considered a stronghold of banned militant organisation Lashkar-i-Islam (LI).
Tayyeb narrowly escaped as the device went off seconds before his vehicle reached the spot. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Reliable sources, however, told Dawn that the attack might be a result of internal bickering between LI chief Mangal Bagh and a Tayyeb-led strong group within the LI.
The group is reportedly not happy with Mangal Bagh’s handling of the LI in the aftermath of military operation, which was started in September last year.
The sources said that the Tayyeb-led group held an emergency meeting at Tabbai soon after the attack. The meeting was also attended by another important commander Wahid and LI spokesman Haji Zar Khan.
The meeting ruled out the possibility of TTP’s involvement in the attack, the sources said, adding that the two organisations had been vying for control of the strategic Tirah Valley.
The sources said that the entire LI central command had taken refuge in Tirah Valley and Bazaar-Zakhakhel area after the start of military operation. They claimed that a number of LI volunteers had deserted its ranks in the recent past and taken up manual jobs in different cities of Punjab and Sindh provinces.
The sources said that with considerable reduction in its manpower, the LI had also reportedly dismantled most of its checkpoints established on various routes connecting Tirah with Bara, Jamrud and Landi Kotal tehsils. They said that following effective measures by security forces to check the smuggling of foreign goods from Afghanistan, the LI has also lost most of its illegal earning from the checkpoints it had established along the route from Tabbai to Bara.
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