Key Taliban commander killed in Tirah
LANDI KOTAL: An important commander of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday, sources said. They said that the masked men tried to abduct Taliban commander Rafiq alias Akhlag in Maidan-Qambarkhel area but he was killed when he resisted them.
Rafiq, a key commander of Taliban in Tirah, was an aide to slain militant leader Adnan Afridi. Mr Afridi was murdered by unidentified gunmen in October 2010 in Rawalpindi. Sources said that Taliban top command had assigned Rafiq with responsibilities related to Khyber and Orakzai agencies.
Reason behind his killing could not be ascertained immediately as nobody claimed responsibility for his murder.