Kohat: Taliban commander, accomplice killed in combat
KOHAT/ LANDI KOTAL, March 4: A Taliban commander was killed along with his accomplice during an operation by security forces near the Frontier Region of Kohat on Friday, official sources said.
They added that 13 other suspected militants were also arrested and a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered in the operation in Kamal Khel area of Bilitang. Both the slain militants were believed to be expert in targeted killings and preparing suicide attack vehicles.
The military operation was prompted by the suicide blast in Hangu district and increasing attacks on army and police vans, the sources said.
The slain commander, Samiullah, was later identified as a member of TTP, Darra Adam Khel, while his accomplice Hujtaba was a resident of Mian Khel area of Kohat. Their dead bodies were handed over to their relatives after autopsy.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Samiullah was involved in bomb blasts at sensitive places across the country, attacks on security convoys and targeted killings. Hujtaba was an expert in preparing explosive-laden vehicles and improvised explosive devices.