TTP splinter group spokesman rebuts militant death figures

PESHAWAR: Jamaatul Haraar, a splinter group of the outlawed militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied on Wednesday a loss of over 900 militants in ongoing military operation in North Waziristan. “We have lost between 25-30 militants,” said splinter group spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan in a press statement that he emailed to newspaper offices from an undisclosed location. The denial comes when the military said that more than 900 militants were killed in operation Zarb-e-Azb since its launch on June 15 reclaiming the lost ground from the Taliban. “We moved our hardware and bomb-making factories to safer places before the operation even started,” Ehsan said. He was critical of media running the military-fed information without any verification from the Taliban. 

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