MIRANSHAH: Fresh clashes on Tuesday between two feuding factions of the Pakistani Taliban left 14 people dead, security officials and militant sources said.
A total of 34 people have now been killed since fighting broke out Sunday in the Waziristan tribal district between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud, they said. Militant sources suggested that differences emerged after Khan Said Sajna, a senior commander, was rejected for leadership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, after its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike last November.
“At least 12 people have been killed in a firefight between militant groups in the Shaktai area of South Waziristan. The fighting still goes on,” a security official told AFP in Miranshah, the main town in neighbouring North Waziristan. Sources from both militant groups confirmed the clashes and death toll. In a separate incident two militants from another faction, the Badar Mansur group, were killed when unidentified attackers fired at a car in Miranshah Monday night. A senior TTP commander said efforts were being made to resolve differences between the Sajna and Hakimullah Mehsud groups but the former refused to reach any agreement. “There are always differences among the people. There are fights also, some people fight for money, some for other interests,” he said on condition of anonymity.
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